What can we do to transform our deep-rooted seeds of emotional suffering?
There are three ways to work with them.
- Sowing the seeds of happiness (metta).
- Watering the seeds of un-happiness, with mindfulness.
- Inviting the seeds of un-happiness, into our consciousness mind.
The first is to focus on sowing and watering our seeds of happiness. We do not work directly with the seeds of suffering, but instead we allow seeds of happiness to transform them. This is indirect transformation.
The second way is to practice mindfulness continuously, so that when seeds of suffering arise, we are able to recognize them. Every time they manifest, we bathe them in the light of mindfulness. Our seeds are a field of energy, and mindfulness is also a field of energy. When the seeds are in contact with mindfulness, they will weaken; continuous mindfulness transforms them.
The third way to deal with the afflictions that have been with us since childhood is to deliberately invite them up into our mind consciousness. We invite the sadness, despair, regrets, longings that in the past have been difficult for us to touch, and we sit down and talk with them like old friends. But before we invite them up, we must be sure that the lamp of our mindfulness is lit and that its light is steady and strong. Non-judgmental mindfulness dissolves them.
source- Reconciliation: healing the inner child, by Thich Nhat Hanh,
Adapted by G Ross Clark