Are you paying attention to your aversions?
We know that an aversion is anything that we don’t like. We also know that it’s also something we choose to avoid. Basically an aversion feels like, “Get that away from me!” And yet we know what we resist, will persist. When we are see things as being a problem it is only because we are resisting. We don’t really want to see what we are holding in mind. Remember that where there is an attachment, there is also an aversion. On the attachment side, we have a subconscious need to have something (someone) in our life. The aversion side isn’t always as obvious. When we don’t like something (someone), we often don’t see that because we are attached to the situation and want to be right, we are sustaining the matter because on some level we are trying to change the situation instead of accepting we created it in the first place. Aversions come in many forms. All aversions have to do with sensing and emotion. Some aversions you may be overlooking may include things related to sound such as: Hearing a phrase/song/jingle repeatedly (either directly from yourself or from others) Hearing perceived bad news (such as from the media, professionals, or family members) and buying into what is being said. Sound of motors, sirens, the ticking of a clock, or maybe someone walking towards you, etc. The sound of someone’s voice (when someone is speaking in a frantic manner their accent, tone, maybe their voice reminds you of someone from your present/past, etc.) No sound (such as being in a quiet environment)
Images that may trigger an aversion could include anything that we see (internally or externally). These aversions may involve: Signs (something in traffic, something perceived as dangerous, something on a billboard, or perhaps it was something that came in the mail) A place or location (a building, the airport, hotel, a particular city/state, etc.) A single or group of numbers (examples may include the number on the scale, an amount that appeared on a receipt, or an even figures on a check stub) An event (business, holiday, celebration, or other annual occurrences) A particular day week, month or perhaps both Even seeing a particular person (group of persons) may cause an aversion to come to the surface. Notice how you feel around certain family members, religious or other professionals, children or elderly people, acquaintances, people of certain ethnic groups, and so on… An association with odors/fragrance can certainly stir up our aversions. Aversions may include: Foods (related to family events, cooked, uncooked, or perhaps even spoiled) Cologne or other scent… (floral, citrus, sweet, pleasant, masculine/feminine, etc.) Unpleasant smells (such as musty, body odors, vehicle fumes, or perhaps smoking,) Being in certain environments (dirty, maybe the mall, a hospital, in nature, or other places)
Touching and sensing can also bring up many aversions. These aversions may include: Hugging or kissing (or the avoidance of these activities) Maybe getting too close to others (fighting, participating in sports, in traffic, etc.) Something unknown or unseen (such as: What’s behind a closed door?)
Taste is also a factor when considering something that may stir up an aversion. These aversions may include: Foods (sweet, cooked, uncooked, ethnic, or spoiled) Medicine Alcohol Kissing Smoking
Things also cause us to react. Things may include anything mentioned above or perhaps may involve objects or events such as: Vehicles of transportation (cars/trucks (including particular models), boats, planes, or bicycle) Stuff (tools, supplies, books, computers, keys, jewelry, fabric, color, toys, bills, etc.) Degrees or licenses (professional affiliations or lack of these affiliations or credentials) Sports, vacations, education, professional achievements, etc.
Whatever stirs us up includes some layer of an aversion. All aversions are incidents from the past that are coming up so that we can release them. The most important consideration for us is to notice is how we feel at all times. Once we’ve identified an area of concern, we can easily begin to transform our non-loving feelings about this matter by releasing what we would like to change. If we are holding onto aversions, we are also stopping ourselves from achieving our goals. By regularly noticing how we feel, helps us become conditioned in witnessing our reactions to things that appear our environments. As we pay attention to what we are feeling, we can begin to quickly identify the programs that are keeping the aversions in place and simply let them go.