Before we face difficult emotions, especially when we confront our deep patterns, it is important to understand how we experience and interpret our emotions, and to empathize with their symbolic meanings. Once that tender part of ourselves understands the hidden meanings behind these patterns, we can begin to open up to other perspectives and start to see more accurately how our interpretations may be distorting our perceptions and reactions.
This sensitivity can be extremely helpful when we are relating to these vulnerabilities in others, helping us understand them rather than staying stuck in these reactions. Our compassion can begin when we pause to reflect on our own emotional preoccupations, and as compassion releases us from the grip of self-preoccupation, we become more available to the needs of others.
there is no watered-down version of you and your relationship to your mind…..your complexities are vast and always changing…..
inquiry for today~ it’s amazing how our vast relationships to ourselves and others are made and come into awareness through the simplicity of breath awareness…..
Ever since philosopher Rene Descartes explored the distinction between mind and body in the early 1600’s, Western culture has been confused about how the body works. There is a tendency to do a lot of thinking and less feeling and modern medicine tends to divide the body into parts. If you have a health issue with, say, a knee, you might be sent to a knee specialist. This could lead to a focus on what is going on organically in the knee rather than how it relates to the whole body and mind. Yet the mind and body are interconnected.
Meditation gives you the opportunity to reconnect with awareness of your body and mind as one interconnected whole. As you sit and begin to bring mental awareness to sensations in your body, you can notice parts that feel tense and stressed. It is then possible to focus attention on those ares until they relax.
I spoke to Jennifer Kane, a writer with chronic pain. She explains how people often “tell stories and worries about their pain. Meditation is a way to stop the storytelling, slow down and live it.”