Today’s question: How do I deal with strong emotions during practice? Should I try to ignore them or make them go away? If so, how?
This is a great question. Usually, when we think of meditators, we imagine impossibly calm people who are unperturbed by anything. I don’t know about you, but this does not describe me. In fact, the more I meditate, the more I laugh, cry, rage, doubt, and rejoice. What I’ve learned is that rather than turning feelings off, meditation helps you relax, expand, and accommodate the entire range of your experience. In the end, this is far more vital, courageous, and practical than trying to narrow your world into a pre-approved subset of acceptable feelings. Which, PS, is never gonna happen, so we might as well learn to meet what terrifies and enrages (and delights and tickles) us by relaxing and opening to it rather than trying to shut it down. This is what meditation teaches you to do.
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