In yogic language, raga and dvesha, are preferences and aversions, respectively. According to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, raga causes longing for fleeting pleasures, and dvesa causes disdain. This can apply to the entire realm of experience, including emotions. When we open the door to some emotions, and close the door to others, we create opportunities for suffering.
When all of our doors are open, we step more fully into the arc of possible human experiences. We cultivate an ability to move more fluidly through our experiences, allowing for both pleasure and discomfort to visit our emotional body. We become adept at moving over the threshold and back out again.
Are all of your doors open?
When all your doors are open, you can experience less resistance when life invites you into an emotional realm that you aren’t comfortable visiting. You can learn to fully enjoy the pleasures life brings, and handle the challenges. You will recognize the impermanence of it all.
That recognition will bring you to a larger field of awareness where you can comprehend your place in the whole. Closed doors keep you small. Open doors expand your capacity to feel and understand the vast range of human consciousness. They allow you to access levels of compassion you can’t experience without crossing the threshold of that which you avoid. With this elevated level of compassion, you avail yourself to connection.
From connection, you can be of service to others. When you live in service to others, all of humanity benefits. This is how humanity moves forward.
I leave you with Rumi.
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!
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.” ~~ Rumi
Much love, P