Sometimes, I have mean thoughts. I also let them pass by because my thoughts are not me. My feelings aren’t me.

 

  • I try to notice my emotions as they pass by internally. Been practicing it since some silly biofeedback thing my mother sent me to when I was 11 yrs old so I could learn self-control, as I tended towards what she called getting “inconsolable” at times.

    Well, silly as it was, it worked. I’m 43 now. I had other training; some during my religious phase in my late 20s (a month at a monestary – I was super-obsessive convert to Eastern Orthodox for 5 years).

    Anyway, none of that at the moment.

    Am I being dishonest? Well, here’s the thing:

    I have (core me).
    I also have “apparent me”.

    I control parts of my apparent me, but most of my apparent me comes from other people’s expectations of me. So – if it can, and it doesn’t go against the (core me), I go along with them. I make the path smooth.

    I express the (core me) through the filters of other people’s expectations of me.

    I can’t control how they see me entirely, only a little. But I don’t mistake the apparent me for the (core me).

    Authenticity for me is maintaining my (core me) throughout. I express it as best I can, but I don’t care if I’m misrepresented by someone else, unless it is something (core me) can’t handle.
  • Kenneth Udut Brian Naik I have mean thoughts. I also let them pass by because my thoughts are not me. My feelings aren’t me.

 

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