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Onceler wrote:Does the stress and painful emotions decrease thru meditation, or just keep coming, newly arising each day?
Enlightened2B wrote:Phil, you should check out 'Taming the Tiger' by Akong Rinpoche. One of the first books on meditation/mindfulness that I read. It goes directly along with what you are referring to here in the sense that the 'mind is like an animal' that needs to be tamed.
Phil2 wrote:Generally, during normal daily activities, people tend to avoid painful experiences, but in meditation there is no avoidance, no escape ... so living those emotions fully, this is how the past hurts and wounds can he healed ... and this frees the wild wounded animal within ourselves ...
Onceler wrote:I agree, dijmart. I don't meditate anymore and the world and circumstance seem to meet my rising issues nicely. Self inquiry or just touching on myself briefly is powerful stuff. I tend to redirect my attention to something else, usually external, when something negative comes up. I do this purposefully sometimes and other times it just happens. Sometimes I think that I am avoiding things or repressing, on the other hand, I was miserable when I attended to every flowering neurosis in my little garden. I don't really feel a need to anymore. Time will tell.
dijmart wrote: One of my last big ego trips, that knocked me over the head when I realized it, was actually with you Phil, on this forum! I grew so much from that, I don't think meditation would have brought that to the surface. For me, it's others that reflect my ego back to me that works, it brings past hurts to the surface to be recognized and to get burned up, but to each their own!
Phil2 wrote:when our ego is 'triggered' by some event, meditation can be used to observe in ourselves the exact nature of this ego, all the stress, all the tensions, all those bad feelings and emotions ... and from this observation without resistance or judgement, we can progressively make the unconscious conscious and 'tame' (and heal too) this wild animal inside ...
I do everything you mentioned, but with out "officially" meditating. When I think of meditating it's the whole eyes closed, sitting indian style on the floor, complete silence, so on and so forth.. that I don't do.
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