Emotions are fickle little things. They flitter everywhere and nowhere at the same time. These emotions are majestic beings, things beyond our imagination, things we cannot control.
We burst out crying or burst into laughter. We burst many times in the day, our faces contorting in joy or sadness. Either way, we are bursting due to these imposing beings called emotions that are way way way beyond our control.
Burst into joy
Or in sadness
But always remember
Emotions are pure little things. They are an expression of our state. They enter our heart and leave just as quickly. They are temporary, just as we are. They journey through us, creating their own paths.
We must remember to feel them. To let them pass through our veins and enter our hearts, even the most painful emotion. I say this because to feel is to be human and we must always remember to be human. The moment we stop ourselves from feeling, the moment we start to feel numb, is a moment of great power that can lead us towards destruction.
Emotions come in many forms and as the Thirteenth-Century Persian Poet Rumi says, quite famously, in his poem ‘The Guest House’:
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Once you begin to see each emotion as a guide towards something much greater than yourselves is the moment of great truth and clarity. Sometimes it is difficult to view the emotions that cause us a great deal of anguish as something positive but once you place your entire trust and faith in God, it comes easy, even naturally. You begin to welcome every emotion as if each one brings a new message, a signal from beyond.
let your emotions
guide you towards
you do not yet know the joy
in not knowing.