By Dzogchen Ponlop
Do you use your emotions and harness their power or are you at their mercy? Rather than letting emotions control you, Ponlop, a Buddhist teacher, recommends that readers learn to relate to their emotions so they can benefit from that knowledge. He shares his own experiences as well as those of students and teachers he has worked with.
He suggests writing mindfully and reflectively. At the end of each chapter there are short mindful practices with an Ask Yourself Questions to reflect on, such as “How do my thoughts and feelings interact?” There are also a variety of Take Action items to select from.
The Emotional Rescue Plan consists of three progressive steps: Mindful Gap, Clear Seeing, and Letting Go. Mindful Gap is about feeling, holding and looking at the emotion and creating distance between you and the emotion. Clear Seeing is recognizing the big picture and Letting Go is the practice of relaxing and releasing stress. This is an easy to follow process and readers will find that awareness can lead to clarity and choices.
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