"Just as clouds form when warm air meets cold, so our emotions sit on the boundary between inner peace and outer attachment."
Our emotions are wonderful tools that guide us through this life. Unlike our thoughts which tend to anchor us in the physical world, our emotions are reactive in nature. They are neither positive nor negative yet simply float through our inner being. Emotions, like our thoughts, should be observed and not identified with.
Our emotions originate in the space where our inner world and outer world meet. Just as clouds form when warm air meets cold, so our emotions sit on the boundary between inner peace and outer attachment. The greater the attachment to this world, then the greater emotional tumult as we journey within to a place of stillness. If we realize that emotions are simply doing their job of making their presence known to us, we would not wish to rid ourselves of them, especially the emotions we may label as "negative" but are not really so. These emotions are sadness, anger, hopelessness, grief, pain, guilt and other similar emotions.
In fact, the more we try and wish these emotions away or cover them up, they become trapped inside us without way of escape. Like clouds, they need to freely move through our consciousness until they dissipate on their own accord. Trapped emotions become part of our inner pain. They will eventually work their way out through acting out behaviors, behaviors that we unconsciously do to bring pain into our lives. We do this so that we will eventually confront our inner pain.
Instead, feel your emotions. Go into them and experience them. At the same time, we are the observer, taking an inner ride through our emotional clouds. As we feel our emotions, they dissipate on their own, because the inner light of our consciousness eventually breaks through. As we focus our inner soul radiance on our emotional clouds, we see that our inner joy never left but may have been temporarily obscured. We let our emotions percolate up from the depth of our soul as they expand into Supreme consciousness and are absorbed by the Love that is all there is.
As we journey within, this is why the emotions surface on occasion. Our consciousness begins to shift from attachment to this world and we run into the emotions. They are the fog or mist that separate us from inner peace. If we avoid them, we miss out on the peace that lies just beyond their perimeter. Instead, we brace ourselves and feel our cockpit rattle as we pass through them. Pass through them, we must to get a taste of Divine bliss. The joy in life is in the journey that we take to our destination.