Fluid Emotions (February 28, 2017)
Last night I had the most amazing dream. I dreamt that I was breathing underwater. I was about 20 feet underwater. The water was clear, and I could see the sun shining on the surface. While I was floating, two other human beings were floating near each other. One of the humans told me that if I continue to breathe the water, I would die. I didn’t listen to the human, and slowly a bright, beautiful light started to descend into the water. As the light saturated the water, I realized I was dying, and I woke up from the dream.
So what does this dream mean? According to gotohoroscope.com: To dream that you can breathe underwater also shows that you have obtained complete mastery over your emotions. Many times in dreams, the sea, or the ocean, or any body of water, will be represent your emotional state. When you are on a boat, you are showing that you can navigate through all of your complex emotional responses. However, when you are swimming in the water, this suggests that you have greater mastery over your emotions than you thought. You are in touch with yourself. (See more at http://www.gotohoroscope.com/txt/dream-dictionary-breathing-underwater.html).
I agree with the above statement. I am in touch with myself and my emotions. I can experience my feelings, and then let them go. In the past, I was so judgmental about my emotions. In my mind, I think I should have felt a certain way or that I should not have shown a particular emotion to someone. Now, I realize that at that moment, I felt that way. I am responsible for my feelings. Therefore, if I didn’t hurt anyone, I can let them go.
I like the quote from Awakening Joy by James Baraz: “I’ve seen the Dalai Lama get very serious, even cry, upon hearing about a tragedy and then, as the subject changes, laugh a few minutes later. His complete openness to the sorrows of the world lets him also be touched by delight, goodness, and joy when these arise.”
I was so glad to read that even the Dalai Lama will cry sometimes. The Dalai Lama is fluid with his emotions; without being attached to them. He is present moment by moment.
Here is a mindful approach to working with difficult emotions (taken from the book Awakening Joy, by James Baraz):
RAIN -When you are in the midst of a strong emotion, take a few moments to try this approach:
- Recognize what you are feeling and name it. Label it: Anger, fear, sadness, confusion.
- Allow the feelings to be present, without pushing them away and without getting lost in them.
- Investigate the feelings in your body and mind. Where in your body do you feel it? How does it feel in your mind – heavy, tight, open, agitated?
- Non-identification is the key to freeing yourself from the emotion’s grip. What you are feeling is a human emotion that arises and passes away. It does not define who you are.