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An Interesting Puzzle...

Will_BakerWill_Baker Vermont Veteran

I had a business meeting yesterday afternoon. On the drive home I felt rather odd yet I remained mindful. This odd feeling lasted until I went to sleep and was with me in the morning. I meditated on it, figured it out and thought I'd share.

It is my experience that the act of "watching" (read: identifying) emotions come allows them to go. But in this instance, this odd feeling actually turned out to be a mixture of frustration, anger and impatience almost all in equal measure. As I watched my thoughts, none of these emotions rose to a prime level. But, rather they all combined into a sort of soup that was quite indiscernible. As soon as I figured out what was going on, I laughed, the feeling vanished and that was that...

ShoshinHamsaka

Comments

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    ...Why 'puzzle'....?

  • Will_BakerWill_Baker Vermont Veteran

    The puzzle for me was in identifying what (the emotions) I was dealing with. It wasn't a case of, "wow I'm angry and frustrated and a little impatient." It was a case of "I'm feeling odd." After meditating on it, the "odd" feeling turned out to be a conglomeration of anger/frustration/impatience. For me, if, for example, anger arises in the space of my mind, I note its presence and watch it, and in doing so, it usually goes away. However, until this little puzzle was solved, the odd feeling remained...

    ShoshinHamsaka
  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    I get you now... I had a similar experience on Sunday Morning... a feeling of...'malaise', disquiet.... it eventually turned out to be frustration due to a situation I as involved in but had no control over.... Once I 'got' it, it subsided.....

    Hamsaka
  • I don't think that's uncommon, emotions often do get all muddled up like that. You could just note "conglomeration". ;)

  • Will_BakerWill_Baker Vermont Veteran

    @federica said:
    I get you now... I had a similar experience on Sunday Morning... a feeling of...'malaise', disquiet.... it eventually turned out to be frustration due to a situation I as involved in but had no control over.... Once I 'got' it, it subsided.....

    -Yup, exactly; in this case it was the "getting it" part I had the problem with.

    @SpinyNorman said:
    I don't think that's uncommon, emotions often do get all muddled up like that. You could just note "conglomeration". ;)

    :-) Unfortunately, the little yellow man in my head requires specificity...

  • anatamananataman Who needs a title? Where am I? Veteran
    edited March 2015

    Why is the little man in your head yellow @Will_Baker?

    And a more pertinent questioning requires me in my quest, to ask you, for the sake of my understanding, why does his yellow mannishness demand something so specific?

    ...\lol/...

    David
  • silversilver In the beginning there was nothing, and then it exploded. USA, Left coast. Veteran

    I thought maybe Homer Simpson is his alter ego or sumthin'. =)

    ShoshinWill_Baker
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    @silver said:
    I thought maybe Homer Simpson is his alter ego or sumthin'. =)

    silver
  • Will_BakerWill_Baker Vermont Veteran

    @anataman said:
    Why is the little man in your head yellow Will_Baker?

    And a more pertinent questioning requires me in my quest, to ask you, for the sake of my understanding, why does his yellow mannishness demand something so specific?

    ...\lol/...

    -We'll have to ask the Kinks why the little fellow is male and yellow ;-)

    As to the specificity question: for me, the more specific my observation is of it, the more detached from the emotion I become.

  • Will_BakerWill_Baker Vermont Veteran

    @silver said:
    I thought maybe Homer Simpson is his alter ego or sumthin'. =)

    :-)

  • anatamananataman Who needs a title? Where am I? Veteran
    edited March 2015

    My cousin was a real punk... The Kinks...

    For those who don't get it or who may not get the reference:

  • @Will_Baker said:As to the specificity question: for me, the more specific my observation is of it, the more detached from the emotion I become.

    Yes, that does seem to be the effect of mindfulness. I think of it as putting some space around the emotion, it gives a bigger perspective.

  • HamsakaHamsaka goosewhisperer Polishing the 'just so' Veteran
    edited March 2015

    @SpinyNorman said:
    I don't think that's uncommon, emotions often do get all muddled up like that. You could just note "conglomeration". ;)

    That points to a better process of mindfulness and detachment than 'big f* cking gnarly volcanic magma-bursting-through-the-surface f* cking nightmare please-kill-me".

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    That made me clench my teeth. Aren't words funny....?

  • HamsakaHamsaka goosewhisperer Polishing the 'just so' Veteran

    Yeah, it makes me clench mine too, which is my first clue there's a metric ton of SELF ME ME ME getting in the way!

  • DavidDavid some guy Veteran
    Puzzle soup
  • Will_BakerWill_Baker Vermont Veteran
    edited March 2015

    @ourself said:
    Puzzle soup

    -With a side of Dukkha...

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    And Dhamma peas with fried onions...

  • Namo tassa, bhaji biryani podadum....

    federica
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