Do Not Name a Feeling

May 13th ~ What happens when you do not name?  You look at an emotion, at a sensation, more directly and therefore have quite a different relationship to it, just as you have to a flower when you do not name it.  You are forced to look at it anew.  When you do not name a group of people, you are compelled to look at each individual face and not treat them all as a mass.  Therefore you are much more alert, much more observing, more understanding; you have a deeper sense of pity, love; but if you treat them all as the mass, it is over.

If you do not label, you have to regard every feeling as it arises.  When you label, is the feeling different from the label?  Or does the label awaken the feeling? . . . .

If I do not name a feeling, that is to say if thought is not functioning merely because of words or if I do not think in terms of words, images, or symbols, which most of us do–then what happens?  Surely the mind then is not merely the observer.  When the mind is not thinking in terms of words, symbols, images, there is no thinker separate from the thought, which is the word.  Then the mind is quiet, is it not?–not made quiet, it is quiet.  When the mind is really quiet, then the feelings that arise can be dealt with immediately.  It is only when we give names to feelings and thereby strengthen them that the feelings have continuity; they are stored up in the center, from which we give further labels, either to strengthen or to communicate them. 

March 12th, 2020 ~  I know that sometimes I come across feelings where it is difficult to determine what the feeling is.  Until recently, I felt a sense of uncertainty but I didn’t know that was what it was until I read Steve Hagen’s work   Krishnamurti also talks about uncertainty.  There are times when it is very difficult to find the right word.  I want to hold onto the feeling until I can name it and get rid of it through a means.  The effort is there.  Why would I need a name and cause of the feeling if each time, I am admonished to look at situations anew?  This also reminds me of the emptiness class I completed at the local Tibetan Center–Oceans of Compassion.  We not only talked about labels but also the base.  The base is a phenomenon with certain characteristics.  This base then led to a label.  The label is different depending the language used.  Both the base and the label are empty i.e. empty of inherent existence.  Thus, it arises dependent upon causes and conditions. 


As in most posts on, italicization of words refers to the words of either Jiddu Krishnamurti or Albert Low.  The website writer’s words are in regular text.

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