Our responsibility is to maintain a sense of awareness
that can protect both ourselves and others.
If we are not careful, instead of helping,
we may make the emotional imbalance even worse.
Emotions, being in substance pure energy,
tend to `soak up’ any energy that is directed towards them.
It works both ways:
while our own energy may stir up the emotion,
we may also be `infected’ by the negative energy.
The energy seems to intensify itself,
as if it had a life of its own.
Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche