This installment of the THOUGHTS FROM THE TRAIL series pertains to a topic I am in the process of studying and learning more about. It is the idea of NEAR ENEMIES in emotions.
You have probably heard the phrase “keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” This is not the case when we are speaking about emotional enemies.
In Buddhist psychology, there’s a name for this phenomenon. “Near enemies” are emotions that are mistaken for positive virtues—such as loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity—as they so closely resemble them on the surface.