I find it difficult to follow my breath when I am overcome with emotion — and not bad emotions either. I’m not stressed out or anxious to get to other things that I must get done today. I’m just simply feeling sentimental and overcome with gratitude in the moment. And all this tearfulness wells up and sits right below the surface, as if all it would take is a spirited animal walking across my yard into my field of vision to make me burst into tears.
I don’t know if it’s hormonal or just the seasons of sentimentality that come and go from week to week. Maybe it’s something about the climate in our culture. Either way, I’m realizing that sometimes strong positive emotions are just as distracting as negative ones. Joy and appreciation can be all-consuming and takes us away from our breath, from stillness, and from a state of calm and peace. I’d like to find a way to celebrate the highs but also channel that energy into grounding myself.