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Tag: Sam Harris

Emotions last moments not minutes

I was listening to Sam Harris in the Waking Up meditation app and he said that emotions last moments not minutes.  And if we can just give ourselves a few seconds of space to let the energy of that emotion enter our consciousness and sit there before we react, we could save ourselves a lot of heartache.

We only have so much energy to use each day.  We have an energy budget.  And if we choose to use that energy on worry or stress or blowing up in answer to an emotion that pushes our buttons, that decreases the amount of energy we can use for other things on our to-do list like growing our brains, or supporting our self-care, or helping others, or fueling our body with healthy food.  Continue reading

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