Food for Thought #5

​The problem is this, is it not, how to be free from a feeling which we name, such as anger? Not how to subjugate it, sublimate it, suppress it, which are all idiotic and immature, but how to be really free from it? To be really free from it, we have to discover whether the word is more important than the feeling. The word ‘anger’ has more significance than the feeling itself. Really to find that out there must be a gap between the feeling and the naming. That is one part. 
If I do not name a feeling, that is to say if thought is not functioning merely because of words or I do not think in terms of words, images or symbols, which most of us do – then what happens? Surely the mind then is not merely the observer. When the mind is not thinking in terms of words, symbols, images, there is no thinker separate from the thought, which is the word. Then the mind is quiet, is it not? – not made quiet, it is quiet. When the mind is really quiet, then the feelings which arise can be dealt with immediately. It is only when we give names to feelings and thereby strengthen them that the feelings have continuity ; they are stored up in the centre, from which we give further labels, either to strengthen or communicate them. ~ J. Krishnamurti

  1. I think the problem is focusing on the source of what caused the anger in the first place. Anger is anger or as Shakespeare would say, a rose by any other name is still a rose, that is, the “rose event” isn’t changed by changing what it is named. To “combat” anger is necessary and a difficult path to take. It means to live in such compassion that one can, once past the “insult” or grievance event, forgive and “love” one’s “enemy” or source of anger. Anger can only cling to me if I attach to the source, to what causes it. If I detach from the source, the anger weakens and eventually dissipates. That’s my experience.

    • I think you’re taking the meaning of the post in different way than what it actually about.

  2. I find when I disassociate feelings/sensations from definitions or any preconceived notions I may have, that is the time when I truly get to experience them. Nonjudgemental observations separate you from your experiences and therefore aid in your ability to understand. Lovely thought.

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