Happiness, Anger and Metaphor

Passengers in back of pick up truck
Along for the ride

I have this wonderful, wise qigong friend, Francie. She says the greatest things. She wrote a few days ago on Facebook –

“I choose happiness every time. Once upon a time I wouldn’t or couldn’t. How am I able to choose happiness in the midst of all that happens to me and others? For me, a steady Sheng Zhen practice has helped. Meditation has helped. My mind is stiller and can see more clearly the transitory and the permanent, which is change. It’s impossible really to say how this happened, and it doesn’t mean that I don’t have feelings of sadness, anger, fear . . . these feelings just don’t rule me anymore. They are more like companions along for the ride.”

I’m not quite there yet but I’m on my way and frequently those bad feelings are just along for the ride.

She has a way with words.

As I have noted on this blog before, I am a fan of metaphor.

6 thoughts on “Happiness, Anger and Metaphor

  1. I love the idea of certain undesireable emotions just “along for the ride.” Sounds like a great thing to practice! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Hopefully, they ride in the back of the truck out of earshot and sight and only tap on the glass once in awhile.

  2. Aloha – Having control of your emotions is important. We get a lot of practice on the road to Hana. Turning a situation that will normally generate a negative emotion into one that is positive is a must have skill for a guide.

    1. Controlling your emotions is important, but what role those bad feelings have even when you’re alone is so key to happiness.

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