To study the Buddha way is to study the self.
To study the self is to forget the self.
To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things.
~Dogen Zenji

Feelings Vocabulary

By developing a vocabulary of feelings that allows us to clearly and specifically name or identify our emotions, we can connect more easily with one another. Allowing ourselves to be vulnerable by expressing our feelings can help resolve conflicts. NVC distinguishes the expression of actual feelings from words and statements that describe thoughts, assessments, and interpretations.  

Words like "ignored" express how we interpret others, rather than how we feel. Here is a sampling of such words:


abandoned

distrusted

put down

diminished

abused

interrupted

rejected

provoked

attacked

intimidated

taken for granted

used

betrayed

let down

threatened

pressured

boxed in

manipulated

unappreciated

cornered

bullied

misunderstood

unheard

unwanted

cheated

neglected

unseen

patronized

coerced

overworked

unsupported

co-opted

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