August 14     

Today's quotation:

Sometimes you cannot believe what you see.  You have to believe what you feel.

Morrie Schwartz

Today's Meditation:

How quick we are to discount our feelings as "just" feelings!  How easy it is for us to look at our feelings as being somehow "inferior" to our logic and our rational thoughts!  What a mistake this is, on so many levels-- the fact is that our feelings comprise one of the most important elements of who we are as human beings.  Our feelings are completely unique, and they have much to teach us about ourselves and our places in this world and how we fit in with all around us.

When we see a feeling as an "instinct," we tend to give it more value, to see it as more valid.  But why do we see only our instincts as being so valuable?  What about our feelings of pleasure-- aren't they an indication that something is very valuable to us?  What about our feelings of unease-- can't they tell us that something isn't good for us?  They can if we learn to read them, understand them, and trust them.

We've all had the experience of a salesperson approaching us and trying to make it seem as if he or she really is interested in us as people-- but our feelings tell us that this person is interested in us only so long as we represent a potential sale.  In a case such as this, our feelings can give us an important warning about the motivations behind the person's words and actions, and possibly protect us from entering into an agreement that will hurt us.  If we let them.

Your feelings are just as much a part of you as your logical thoughts and your rationality.  The question is simple:  do you allow them to have as prominent a place in your life as they deserve?

Questions to consider:

Why might people discount their feelings and pay more attention to their logical thoughts?

What happens to us when we pay less attention to our feelings?

What value can feelings bring to our lives?

For further thought:

By going along with feelings, you unify your emotional, mental and bodily states. When you try to fight or deny them, you divorce yourself from the reality of your being.

Jane Roberts

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