Hurt Feelings?

How often people seem insensitive to our feelings! But while at first it may appear that an offense is imposed upon us from an outside source, actually we are capable of protecting ourselves from this type of suffering.

Let's consider the feelings that have allegedly been hurt. Our feelings are what we permit to abide in our conscious thought. We say, "I feel happy," "I feel sad," "I feel fearful," "I feel hopeful" —or even, "I feel awful." What we are actually saying is, "I'm accepting into my consciousness a sense of joy, agony, excitement, terror"—and so on.

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