#RealHappinessChallenge Day 17 Negative/Difficult Emotions

When I saw the title of today’s meditation – I didn’t want to do it.  I thought to myself – why not a positive one – part 2?  However, once I read the pre-meditation material, where it talks about “We can make better, more informed choices, and not be as driven by unexamined habits” and later “By acknowledging a thought or emotion as part of your human repertoire, you can begin to create a healthier relationship to it” helped put my mind at ease.  I would be learning ways to bring compassion and kindness to myself versus sitting with a negative emotion with no tools.

When the meditation started I kept thinking of positive experiences, it was as if my mind didn’t want to go to the negative situation.  I attempted to focus on a recent experience where I was afraid after hearing my spouse had been hospitalized.  I did not enjoy getting back in touch with those emotions, but it was helpful to stay with the emotion and not dramatize it and not to fight with it.  While I did the meditation, and then I went back and read the transcript, I recognized that this is a training I will need to repeat a few times so that I can practice these skills and learn to be with the emotion without adding to it, running from it, or fighting with it.  Life brings joys and sorrows.  Both are educational.

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May all beings be happy ♡