Living Tao

As I said in my previous post, we all need to take our daily doses of good news to keep our spirits high, our minds bright and our bodies strong. For me, reading the “Living Tao” book by Ilchi Lee is one of the best ways to put healthy, positive, hopeful, Life-affirming information into my brain.

Today I wanted to share a couple of short passages that I came across as I was doing my reading last night. As a Self-Mastery Trainer, I especially love these passages because they address the topic of emotions. Being able to manage our emotions – especially in times like these – is critical for our overall health and well-being. I strongly believe that the better we are at deeply knowing ourselves and exercising our ability to manage our emotions, the more we can truly participate in making the world a more peaceful and harmonious place. After all, it’s human behaviors, fueled by their unruly, unconscious (and sometimes conscious) emotions, that causes much of (all of ?) the chaos that we witness in the media and in our lives everyday.

So! Here are some information vitamins for your soul!!

“You can begin to master your emotions by acknowledging them in an honest and compassionate manner. As you develop your awareness, you will increase your ability to observe your emotions calmly and objectively, without overreacting.

When we are in pain and overwhelmed by extreme emotions, it’s easy to believe that our emotions have a hold on us and won’t let go. But actually, we are frequently the ones who do the clinging. We must first realize this to control our feelings: ‘My feelings aren’t holding on to me; I’m actually holding on to them!’

Emotions come and go like clouds drifting across the sky. We do not need to cling to them, as they will inevitably soon change…. Our enlightenment takes root when we calmly observe the ups and downs of life as we witness the cycle of the seasons, trees growing, blooming, bearing fruit, and withering.” p. 63-64, Living Tao

“In order for our souls to control our emotions, there must be proper dialogue between the two. First, the soul must cease to identify itself with the emotions. The soul must seize leadership of the emotions by declaring, ‘My emotions are not me, but mine!’ In the instant the soul makes that proclamation, the emotions will say this to the soul: ‘You’ve always listened to what I said. We’ve been one, you know. Why are you suddenly saying that we’re no longer one? You’re my friend, aren’t you?’

Then the soul must be able to say to the emotions, ‘That was then, not now. You are emotion; I am soul. You are are not me, but mine. I have the power to watch and control you.’

Even though you make this declaration., it still won’t be easy to free from the domination of your emotions — at least not at first. As this dialogue between them continues, however, the soul will gain the power to lead the emotions, and the emotions will be tamed by the soul. The soul will recover its central place, its seat as master, and the emotions will act as helpers, assisting in the soul’s growth.” – p. 68, Living Tao

~ Ilchi Lee

In my life, the process to gain management over my emotions, while growing the strength of my soul, has been incredibly rewarding. It has brought much healing to my relationship with myself and others, and even to my own physical health. It has had a positive impact on just about every aspect of my life.

If you’re reading this and feel like now might be a good time to start practicing how to gain better management over your own emotions, please contact me by email, which can be found in the Work with Danielle section of this site. Even if you just have some questions – you are welcome to email me directly or reply to this post in the comment section. It is my great joy to be able to share the tools that have been so amazingly transformative for me and countless others on this journey of recovering inner peace.

4 Thoughts.

  1. In the world of information, separating wheat from the chaff can be very daunting. Also, all the info thrown our way – Social Media, News, Gossips, Conversations, Google – what we choose to retain and what we choose to ignore will help determine our peace of mind or lack of it!

    So we must be wise in our choices and that we can can exercise control on how we choose to respond to situations. We all are stronger than we think. And do remember, Even This Shall Pass…

    A Sanskrit prayer for all of us:

    oṃ sarve bhavantu sukhinaḥ
    sarve santu nirāmayāḥ
    sarve bhadrāṇi paśyantu mā kaścidduḥ khabhāgbhaveta।
    oṃ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ॥

    May all sentient beings be at peace,
    may no one suffer from illness,
    May all see what is auspicious,
    may no one suffer.
    Om peace, peace, peace.

  2. Thank you for the vitamins! I was only able to bring a few books with me when I moved and The Living Tao was the only book by Ilchi Lee that I chose. Every time I read from this book I’m reminded of the simple truths of our spirit and human nature. I also think that it’s easier said than done, but when it’s done it’s so worth it! I appreciate and recommend your emotional self mastery youtube videos on the Body & Brain TV channel. I love the healing tree!

    • Yay!! I’m so happy to see you here Sachi 🙂 Thank you for holding onto your practice and the principle amidst all of your life changes ~

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