The Language of Emotions

Did you know that in Spanish there are two verbs that mean “to be”?  One, “ser”, describes what something is made of. It conveys a sense of permanence.  This one is not used to describe someone’s emotional state.  The other, “estar”, describes states that are less permanent, and is used to describe emotional states.  The English language is less precise, so when someone asks how we are, we answer “I am happy”, or “I am frustrated”, or “I am bored”.  These statements have the same weight and sense of permanence as saying, “I am Robert”, or “I am Canadian”.  But our emotional states are much more fleeting, and they don’t define us.  They have beginnings, middles and ends just like thoughts and sounds do.  When we trust in their impermanence, we can feel safer opening to our emotional states, and all the wisdom they can bring.

So the next time someone asks us how we are, we might consider, instead, answering, “I feel grateful right now”, or “I feel glum right at the moment” or “I feel a sense of peace this instant.”  This might remind us and those around us that emotions are temporary and don’t define us, something we all need reminding of from time to time.  

So…..  how do you feel right now?

We hope that you will join us this week as we practice bringing awareness and openess to our emotional states,

Community Sits This Week:

Monday 7:30 PM Sama Yoga 45 Grove Street, New Canaan

Tuesday 1:00 PM Ferguson  Library, 1 Public Library Plaza, Stamford

Wednesday  12:00 PM New Canaan Library 151 Main Street, New Canaan

Upcoming Events:

• Evening sessions @ Ferguson Library Thursdays at 7PM starting March 15

• One Day Silent Retreat with Guided Meditations Saturday April 21.  To be held at the First Congregational Church of Stamford 9AM - 4PM.

• Mindfulness in Education Conference @ St. Luke's School  in conjunction with Spence School, New Canaan Saturday June 9 (more details to follow)

CMP survives on donations. All of our weekly sessions are free and open to the public, but donations are essential to our sustainability. Checks, cash and credit cards are accepted and donations are tax deductible.

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May all beings everywhere without exception welcome all emotions and garner the wisdom they offer, 

The CMP Team




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P.O. Box 1713

New Canaan, CT 06840.


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