A lot of things get to me. If you’ve read past posts on this blog you’ll know a handful of those things. Did someone say bugs? Being “rubbed the wrong way” is a common human experience. Someone says or does something that really gets you angry, or brings up past pain. Then there are the smaller annoyances that easily damper our mood. A few examples spring to mind: traffic, cleaning up after people, being ignored.
One of the most prominent downers for me is tone of voice. When someone speaks to me in, what I perceive to be, a negative tone of voice I easily feel hurt or offended. Michael Singer, author of The Seat of the Soul, calls these our “thorns.” What, if any, is the purpose of these thorns? How do you get rid of them?
The first step comes from realizing that, no matter how truly disturbing the situation is, being disturbed is in no way helpful to you. Feeling disturbed doesn’t change situations. Solutions arise when you feel free and spacious within, when your energy is high and can find like pathways to match its own positive frequency. This doesn’t mean ignoring your feelings. On the contrary, it means relaxing and allowing yourself to feel the negative energy fully, letting it pass through your awareness until it dissipates. What are your thorns? This conversation between Michael Singer and Oprah is infinitely helpful in learning what to do about our thorns: