Our emotions are really only energy…

Gaining a sense of how you respond in difficult times
will help you to redirect your emotional energies.

Confusion, tension, and depression all contain energy
that can be used for us as well as against us.

When we calmly face our difficulties without trying to escape,
without trying to manipulate or suppress our feelings,
it is possible to see something we have never seen before:

Our emotions are really only energy;
we can transform this energy into positive feelings.

The choice is up to us.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Skillful Means

Melting into calmness…

If emotions and inner dialogues continue to interfere [with peace of mind], take this opportunity to melt them into calmness.

Breathing through nose and mouth, relax deeply;
without responding to stories spinning through the mind,
listen to the flow of sound and
let the mental chatter fade into meaningless sounds.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
The Joy of Being

Opening our hearts to joyful feelings…

When the mind becomes calm,
it naturally becomes more accommodating,
more sensitive to our needs,
and more creative in its support.

Supported by mind’s genius for coordinating and structuring our inner resources,
it is possible for us to take charge of our lives more directly.

Even in times of highly charged emotional distress,
we can calm our minds, restore balance, and open our hearts to joyful feelings.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
The Joy of Being

Mind becomes pristine and clear

When we appreciate mind as the architect of our reality, the source of our greatest joys and our most profound sorrows, we perceive new possibilities for freeing the mind from problems and encouraging it to reflect more beauty and joy into our lives.

Meditation based on this understanding becomes a gentle form of self-healing that relaxes mind’s focus on thoughts and allows it to rest content in the center of our being.

It takes only a few minutes to focus body, mind, and senses by practicing Kum Nye, yoga, Tai Chi, or other kinds of slow, simple movement exercises. Even fifteen minutes to half an hour of sitting practice several times a day can relax body and mind, while memories, tensions, thoughts, and hidden blockages gradually melt away.

Mind becomes pristine and clear, more friendly and accommodating. Peaceful, loving feelings arise, uplifting the spirit and warming the heart. These feelings can be carried into daily life and recalled in difficult times, gentling emotional reactions and slowing the momentum of karma.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Teachings from the Heart