The problem with negative feelings, is feeling them. I happened to find myself in a bad mood this afternoon. I feel the bad mood in my stomach and up into my solar plexus, generalized around that area. Needless to say, I don’t enjoy the feeling. I do appreciate the feeling though, it keeps me honest.
When I feel the pain of the bad mood, the worry about the future, the hurt of a perceived slight against me, I suffer. In my suffering, I think of others suffering and remind myself about how they feel. This is how I build my capacity for compassion. I pay attention to my suffering so I can see how it feels. I pay attention to my thoughts while I suffer, to see what story I’m feeding myself. I go about my day. It’s not all good, it’s a mood.