Visitors Come and Go
by Friends of Godwin
There are unpleasant emotions and pleasant emotions.
In a way, what is more important is to learn to work with unpleasant emotions because this is what creates our suffering and this is what we have to work with in everyday life.
Don’t try to get rid of them through your will, by controlling, but when they are there just let them be there and let them go away; let the impermanence operate naturally. Another insight is to realise that they don’t belong to you because they are visitors. So visitors come and go. It means that they don’t belong to you.
We have given these unpleasant emotions such power, such energy, that when they are absent we hardly know that they are absent.