Feelings

The Fierce Face of the Feminine

Chameli Ardagh, Norway

Emotional sea level

Andrew Weil, USA

(Submitted by Charlene Beck, USA)

It is perfectly normal to experience "the blues," just as it is perfectly normal to experience joy and bliss. Optimizing emotional well-being means gaining greater control of the variability of moods, damping the oscillations, enjoying the rewards of the midpoint. It also means not shutting down that dynamic variability, not getting emotionally stuck.

Feelings

Lama Thubten Yeshe, Tibet

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

We often suffer from strong desire or craving for something. This follows from uncontrolled “happy” feelings experienced in relation to the object. When such feelings arise, you have to check up and see clearly what is happening. It is very important to investigate why these happy feelings produce the uneasiness of craving and desire.

Stop. Drop. Roll.

Daryl Jean Searle, USA

(Submitted by the author)

A beautiful autumn day.

My heart painted blue.

Can’t shake that feeling.

What to do?

Pull up your chin.

Fight back those tears.

Shuffle both feet through this mound of leaves.

Listen to the symphony in the trees.

Smile at that grass carpet all around.

Groomed like a dapper prom boy.

See the elderly couple that swoons.

Ah, the power of an iron bench.

Approach that hill with the top hat of leaves.

Don’t overthink.

Just do.

Stop.

Drop.

Roll.

Limited ways

Jim Morrison, USA

(Submitted by Jamie Frank, USA)

If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it’s to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel.

Kvetching

Barbara Held, USA

(Submitted by the author)

Many Americans insist that everyone have a positive attitude, even when the going gets rough. From the self-help bookshelves to the Complaint-Free World movement, the power of positive thinking is touted now more than ever as the way to be happy, healthy, wealthy, and wise.

The Way I've Been

Andy J. Ross, England

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