I was upset yesterday, and I felt uneasy. I was planning on reading before bed but could not because of the upsetting news I had just learned. I tried to plow through my reading, but my mind was elsewhere. I was just seeing text on a page; the words meant nothing to me. So, instead of frustrating myself further, I sought refuge in meditation. I remembered that one of the things that we were encouraged to do was to focus on our emotions, and I thought this was a great opportunity to reflect on what and how I was feeling in an effort to find some peace within my mind.
I put my book aside and sat on my bed and meditated, focusing on each breath, listening to my mind. Then, I realized that what was bothering me was the feeling of helplessness in that there was nothing I could do to make the situation at hand better. I further realized that I had to let go. I had to realize that I could not hold on to what I could not control (as hard as it is) because it was going to burden me. After meditating, I felt lighter and felt pleased with my realization--I have to let go and not stress what I cannot control.