Working with painful emotions and how our meditation practice can helpJuly 18, 2022 | 15 Comments
Audio-only version is here.
Meditation practice begins at 10:09.
Dear Open Heart Project,
I hope you are well and finding your way through this time!
Before today’s sit, I wanted to offer a few words on working with painful emotions and how our meditation practice can help.
In the Buddhist view, there are three possibilities for meeting our “negative” emotions. I outline them briefly in this talk, with a focus on anger (perhaps the most difficult of difficult emotions).
Next week, I’ll be back to you with some thoughts on working with grasping and, the following week, on the urge to hide from everything. And more on difficult emotions to follow!
I feel inspired to do this because I just completed my latest book, The Buddhist Enneagram. The enneagram is a system that outlines nine kinds of people (yes, only nine!) and each type’s emotional trap. Anger is the first trap But you don’t have to be interested in the enneagram to learn from each trap. So stay tuned.
And if you are interested in the enneagram, my book can be ordered here.
I truly hope you find this talk useful. If you have any reflections or questions, please share in comments.
With love, Susan