It’s possible to escape.
(It’s possible to escape this experience.)
Situation: A couple of nights ago when thought said emotions surface, and it’s uncomfortable.
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Is it true?
Can you be certain it’s true?
What happens, how do you react, when you believe that thought?
I try to escape. I listen to a podcast. I get up. Eat something. Go on the internet.
I think that escape is possible, and more comfortable.
I see the experience as something I need to escape, something it’s better to escape.
I don’t question my thoughts about the experience. I don’t question my thoughts saying it’s discomfort, it’s uncomfortable.
I see the experience, what I try to escape, as an enemy, as a problem.
I experience a compulsion to escape.
I seek refuge in escaping.
Who would you be without it?
Open to what’s here.
Curious about what’s here.
Interested in seeing what’s here.
Interested in exploring what may happen if it’s welcomed.
I notice that this curiosity, this interest, was there even as I took the thought as true.
It’s impossible to escape
The experience is still here, whether attention goes somewhere else or not.
A similar experience may return, whether attention goes somewhere else or not.
The emotion, discomfort, I try to escape is here as an undercurrent, whether attention goes somewhere else or not.
My images and thoughts about it are here, whether attention goes somewhere else or not.
My images and thoughts about it are here, even if dormant, ready to spring into action again in another situation.
It’s possible to stay
Yes, I did stay, even if I tried to escape.
I did intentionally welcome it, feel it, at times.
I have no choice but to stay, even if a thought says I am escaping.
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