慈濟傳播人文志業基金會
Face Your Emotions With Ease

Night follows day, day follows night. To us, this is one of the most natural of rhythms. No one would try to stop day from giving way to night or vice versa. No matter our desire or determination, trying to alter this natural cycle would prove utterly fruitless.

Our moods often follow a pattern, like night follows day. We feel up one moment, down the next. While each of us might encounter different circumstances in life, it’s impossible for things to always go our way. As a result, positive and negative emotions knock on our door, each in their turn. There is no escaping it. Yet while no one would try to stop night from following day, some people seek eternal happiness—a pain-free life. It is a vain quest, like trying to stop a wave from breaking on the shore.

Being unattached helps us face a life in which there is no escape from the ups and downs of circumstances and the rise and fall of feelings.

When happiness arrives at your doorstep, enjoy it without vainly trying to hold on to it. Happiness is like a breeze. It comes into our house through a window, bringing us fresh air and coolness, only to leave through another window.

Likewise, when pain befalls, raging at it will only bring you more suffering. It is better by far to practice acceptance so that it does not affect you as negatively as it might. Pain is like a cloud. It may hide a patch of clear sky from view for a time, but it never stays in one place for long. It is gone with a sudden gust of wind.

It takes practice to be able to face the inevitable ups and downs in life with poise. It’s not something you can attain in a short time. However, such an ability is worth cultivating. Will you allow a mishap to make tall waves in your heart or just some minor ripples that soon dissipate? It all depends on how well you cultivate yourself.

Don’t let happiness go to your head or allow yourself to be caught in a downward spiral of difficult emotions. Think of your cycle of emotions as natural as the rotation of night and day, like waves that come and go. The ups and downs of your emotional life are like the sun—as they rise, so shall they fall.

When you can embrace this truth, your life will surely be more deeply grounded and peaceful.

March 2018