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What emotions are difficult for you to navigate?

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This week's question asks:

What emotions are difficult for you to navigate?

Due to our individual makeup, our conditioning, and other factors, we each have difficulties with different emotions. Whether it be anger, grief, boredom, embarrassment, or anything else, I invite you to consider sharing the emotions that are particularly challenging for you. You might also consider:

  • How are you learning to (or have you learned to) embrace and nurture difficult emotions?
  • How has your experience of this emotion shifted overtime?
  • What beliefs and/or judgments do you hold about particular emotions?
  • What are your favourite mindfulness practices for emotions?
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Emotions seem to come and go all the time and usually around our reactions or a thought about worst outcomes which leads to anxiety 

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13 hours ago, David said:

Emotions seem to come and go all the time and usually around our reactions or a thought about worst outcomes which leads to anxiety 

Yes this is quite true. During the midst of emotions however, we don't often realize it - that beneath our emotions is a fear about some 'worst case scenario'. It's often so subconscious that it's difficult to witness the thought process as it occurs, but as we practice mindfully watching these emotional waves, it becomes easier to notice the thoughts or beliefs beneath them. I really find that Tara Brach's RAIN meditation is greatly helpful to bring compassion in the face of tough emotions. https://mindfulnessexercises.com/downloads/rain-of-compassion/

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