Meditation with Emotions

Feelings and emotions, being closely intertwined with our lives, become one of the best subjects for meditation.

Our emotions constantly change and vary depending on our environment and conditions.

Just by having a good night’s sleep, I can start the day feeling great.

However, if the weather turns unfavorable, my mood can suddenly worsen.

Then, feeling good again during the morning commute because of light traffic can lift my spirits.

But once at work, interactions with colleagues might bring my mood down.

Yet, a satisfying lunch can turn things around once more.

In this way, my emotions fluctuate constantly regardless of my intentions or will.

The issue arises when one reacts too sensitively to fluctuations in mood and feelings, leading to severe emotional instability or prolonged states of depression or negativity.

To prevent and improve such situations, it is essential to take a mindful approach where one does not become enslaved by emotions but rather observes their fluctuations by objectifying them, not identifying them as oneself.

Emotions are inherently transient, independent of my will, intention, or desire.

Like the weather, adopting an attitude of acceptance and embracing these changes requires wisdom that does not equate emotions with the essence of ‘self.’

When negative emotions arise, rather than forcefully manipulating them into positivity, simply observing them without avoidance or confrontation can lead them to naturally dissipate or transform.

Accumulating such small experiences ultimately leads to attaining a stable and serene mind, undisturbed by fluctuations, and anchored in equanimity.

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