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Francis February 5, at 3: For example, I can remember someone I knew of many years ago who did use meditation to keep some traumatic experiences at bay. And here are two relevant quotes: We are approaching the moment — whatever it is, however it is — not by reacting but rather by responding, by bringing an open, spacious and affectionate attention to the feeling in the moment as it expresses itself in the body.
Now are are in a relationship to the alarm in a new way, one that provides us with a viable alternative to endlessly thinking about it. To do this, we bring an affectionate and discerning awareness to each aspect of our felt emotions, as best we can, using the meditation practices from Chapter 7.
We may notice changes from moment to moment — for example, the transformation of a sense of anger to a sense of hurt, then to a softer sense of sadness. I wish that I had been able to use that approach when I first started meditating. Karma Gyatso February 5, at 8: Properly taught mindfulness meditation has the potential to provide us with the most natural understanding of our mind and the source of our emotions.
Many people in the West are now turning to mindfulness because they are feeling stressed, anxious, depressed or generally unhappy. These emotions are there already — before undertaking a practice of mindfulness.
However, we are unable to see why we are unhappy i. The only route to happiness is to see how our mind is working and to see the source of the emotions and thoughts that lead to our unhappiness.
Of course this can be challenging because we see things that we do not like in ourselves and others which challenges our percieved identity of ourself.
However, such insight shows us how things really are — how we really are — as opposed to a dilusion and fog which we live in with an untrained mind. To counteract any things we see in ourselves and others that we do not like it is essential to also practice the cultivation of compassion.
My teacher considers meditation and compassion to be like the two wings of a bird — they go hand-in-hand to enable the mind to develop in a balanced way. It is essntial to find a good teacher of meditation.
Melissa Karnaze February 5, at A timely point well articulated, Melissa. Melissa Karnaze February 5, at 4: The jargon is all there to dissociate from the dissociating going on! Martha February 6, at 2: Serge February 6, at 2: Mindfulness a couple of years ago.
This 8-week course is pretty straightforward and originally proposed as a last resort when all other medical interventions can bring no further relieve for people with chronic pain.
His program became very popular in the US and later also in Europe. Karma Gyatso February 6, at 6: This allows us to accurately address the sources of our unhappiness with complete understanding and acceptance. In my experiences, the experince of the true source of emotion is never as bad as the unhappiness experinced from the habitual thought patterns and there appears to be a self-regulator such that we only see what we are ready to see.
Certainly from a Buddhist point of view it is the complete opposite — emotions are considered to be very real. There is the relative reality in which we experience all the emotions as we do in everyday life very real and there is also an absolute reality co-existing.
The emotions we experience in relative reality are derived from our past experiences and our conditioning and these are very real to us. However, these emotions arise because of our identity of self and our self-worth — e. I might walk around all day thinking I am ugly and that everyone in the world thinks I am ugly.
This will affect my self confidence, the way I interact with people etc. However, nobody is really ugly because ugliness is merely a projection of the viewing mind — therefore absolute reality also exits.Frequently in my early teaching career, I taught a computer literacy course.
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