It is the same with feelings. We feel feelings – they come up in response to what we experience and sometimes in response to what we have already experienced or anticipate experiencing. We can control how we respond to the feelings – but the feelings themselves are spontaneous. Mindfulness teaches that these thoughts and feelings are like the weather. They blow in and churn everything up. But they are transitory. Beneath, or beyond, is something unchanging.
There is a wonderful meditation called 'Be the landscape not the weather' on Insight Timer that focuses on this idea. (It is delivered by Tina Gibson from Adelaide Mindfulness.) We can't control our thoughts and feelings – but when they are getting too much, we can take refuge in mindfulness, where we tune in to the landscape of our being, and rest there a while. I did just that this morning.
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