Meditation brings you close to yourself, it takes a little courage, the encounter with yourself is not always comfortable and can even be very emotional.
Emotions that have been around for a long time are waiting for you, many people find it hard to seek silence. The confrontation with yourself is one for the brave among us.
It is therefore one of the reasons that people stop meditating. After all, you start meditation for growth, improvement and relaxation in your life. As soon as emotions come your way, which you didn’t expect and also bring you out of balance, you can get confused and wonder if meditation is really your thing.
But rest assured, it is part of it. Meditation takes you where you need to be, it is precisely those bottlenecks that need attention to be able to let it go and improve your existence.
Try to see the emotion as a compass, it will bring you something, tell you something and it will come to light for a reason.
However, it is useful to have insight into the emotion that you feel, so that you can move towards improvement, find peace and understanding. Because it is the compassion for the feelings that you carry, the understanding for your reaction to a situation makes you grow. That wíth the silence, and the connection with your higher self in the moment, brings you step by step upwards and pulls you out of old patterns towards your goal.
A small grip on emotions that you can encounter during meditation!
Anxiety is a flight reaction of the body. We try to avoid what is dangerous in our believe. Healthy anxiety arises in acute situations where there is a real danger to life. This fear is a counselor. Yet we often have fears that cannot be directly related to real danger, we tend to hide that fear and so we can even feel fear of fear. In meditation this can express itself in a mind that seeks distraction. For the body this fear is also a counselor, there is something that threatens our progress in the situation as it is at the moment. Our conviction has taught us that we should not go that way, a change in the view of the situation feels like danger and imbalance.
With meditation you can transcend that fear simply by bringing your attention to your breath and observing the fear. Is this fear accurate? Or does the mind play a game with you, what is behind the fear, when did you feel this for the first time in your life and how does it relate to this moment? What’s going on in your life that’s comparable to the first moment in your life that you felt this?
By continuing to breathe properly you bring peace to your body, the body experiences that the fear is under control and you can learn that the world will not end when confronted.
And often the fear disappears as soon as you can rest in it.
If you have fears that lead you to panic, then it is smart to let meditation be for what it is and to seek professional guidance. Trauma can be deeply rooted and not always suitable for processing without help.
Something is not under control, something is not going as planned, you have lost control of the situation and therefore become unbalanced. Anger tells you that things don’t go the way you want them to go, it’s an expression that indicates that you feel powerless in a situation, but don’t act. It is pent-up powerlessness, energy that eventually has to come out and gives shape to your desire. You apparently cannot give that desire priority, you have suppressed it. At the same time you try to gain control over it, but the circumstances seem to be such that you have no control.
Anger is seen in society as something undesirable and it is criticized. Yet anger is a frequency higher than depression, powerlessness and fear. When someone gets angry, the heaviest emotions come to discharge, as soon as you criticize this discharge … no matter if someone else is doing it to you or you do it to yourself, you quickly fall back into depression, powerlessness or fear.
Anger is the sign that you climb the path to happiness, something in you is done with it, something in you wants it to be different.
If you accept your anger you can learn to look at what it takes to make a change. Anger brings you to the sore spot, where it doesn’t go the way you want.
As soon as you learn that you will never be able to control your environment and that you are in control and will start to act from there, life will go in the direction how you want it to go, anger will become unnecessary. It only requires one act of self-love, if only accepting anger as the fact that it is there and relief is at hand. And from that perspective you can grow, and what a wonderful feeling that is!
For many, emotions are like a soup, which is why it is so important to learn to distinguish what you feel. Grief indicates that you have lost something that you care about, or think you have lost it.
It doesn’t have to be about something real, something physical. Losing your self-esteem or feelings of self-worth can also bring a lot of sorrow. Do you let people cross your boundaries? Hello feelings of sadness!
Not being true to yourself brings sorrow, not being true to your dreams brings sorrow, not being true to your desires brings sorrow. Grief is a good counselor, but we find it hard to look at. After all, it is THE counselor who goes straight to the core.
Many people experience deep sadness withs feelings of not being seen, this is your chance to see yourself. This is your chance to give yourself what you need, to see the damaged pieces within that need attention, but not from others, from you. Do not move away from sorrow, but have compassion for it. Understand that there are needs and desires that you don’t listen to, that you move around and learn to communicate. And communication is not always with someone else, communication is also with yourself.
Can you hear what you need? Can you hear what you aren’t giving yourself? Can you see what you don’t act on in your daily life?
In meditation, sorrow can be very intense, cry when needed, and the energy can go outwards.
Disgust or intense aversion
Feelings of aversion and disgust are the feelings that you cannot avoid. It is the gut feeling, it is the body’s warning that the situation you are in, isn’t okay for you.
It’s different from fear. It is clear, it is a clear NO.
In everyday life it’s the feeling that we want to shuffle under the carpet, in meditation you can’t get away from it.
Do not be surprised when a situation such as a thought or vision appears and this emotion overwhelms you. Suddenly you feel how strong the aversion is and you actually already knew that. The more time you spend with this emotion in meditation, the easier you will learn to recognize it in daily life, so that you will sooner step out of situations that do not suit you.
This is an impulse feeling, which we also know in our diet. It is a warning, a limit. Did you know that when a toddler is left alone in nature, he will only eat what his mother has offered him 7 times? For all other foods it will have an aversion. So it remains important to look at this primal aversion. Do I have this aversion because something does not fit my path or do I respond based on programmed behavior? For example, you may dislike groups or situations that have become part of your system through repetition, but you continue to look at it in meditation, and that dislike dissolves and you feel compassion. These are interesting moments that tackle your beliefs.
In meditation, do you feel a strong aversion to something that you are trying to deal with in normal life and try to look at it positively? Then take your gut feeling as a counselor, often it was already there before you started thinking about it. You absorb vibrations, emotions are energy in motion. A vibration like aversion is a good counselor.
Curiosity is an invitation to growth. Meditation is a great technique for that. If you feel curiosity in meditation, it means that you are ready for more, for depth.
Play with the vision, feel how it feels, does if feel right? Curiosity regularly leads to visualization and manifestation. But it is also the curiosity that can lead to depth in the heavier emotions.
The curiosity about the underlying fear tells you that you want to clean up something that gets in the way. The curiosity about your anger tells you that deep down you know the your anger means something else. Curiosity is the compass within, the guide in meditation.
Compassion is the glue of happiness. Compassion is a feeling of warmth and understanding, which you can bring to every situation, time and time again, to find peace in what happens. If you feel compassion for your feelings, for situations, for people, then know that you are on the right track. As soon as you can move towards compassion in your meditation you have already cleared away a lot. It’s often also a welcome feeling, an enlightening feeling. The journey up may start!
You can experience love in several ways, some see and feel light, others actually feel love, acceptance, appreciation, gratitude. When you spend meditation in love, then you’ve come to the point where meditation becomes your home, where meditation becomes a discipline that you can’t live without. Now you have found your resting point, this is where you charge, this is where you find your energy again and again. Meditation in love is an inexhaustible source for life, as soon as you can experience this you will find that you need less understanding of your environment, less approval from others.
You will have more self-love, more self-respect and you’ll more easily trust yourself. Meditations in love brings you to the source of existence, a confidence in life and that is what many dream of.
But then it is also important to understand that there is no sequence of emotions in meditation. It is not that you start with heavy emotions and end with love. Also someone who meditates for years still finds himself in fear, sadness or anger. You will become more skilled in managing this, solving it and listening to it.
Buddha, or whatever other master you appreciate, was not free of emotions, he just couldn’t let himself be guided like a mad bull by his emotions. And that is what meditation does. You learn to listen, watch, your emotions become your counselor, your compass.
But sometimes it is a difficult way, that’s not because of meditation, it’s because we are conditioned to hide our emotions, not to listen to them, to move over them as if they were not there.
It is time to come home to yourself, happiness is there waiting for you. But just like with a real house, you will occasionally have to clean up the mess you left behind.
Tidy up and wash the windows, so you can look outside again!
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