Working with Painful Emotions: JealousyAugust 8, 2022 | 14 Comments
Audio-only version is here.
Meditation practice begins at 14:00
Dear Open Heart Project,
I hope you are well as we enter this new week on planet earth. May it be a peaceful one for all beings.
A few weeks ago, we began a series of conversations on working with difficult emotions and how meditation can help. We started with anger, moved on to attachment, and last week we discussed shame. GOOD TIMES! But since we each experience all of these things, it is good to take a look at how we can ride our painful experiences rather than be run over by them. Our meditation practice is the foundation that makes it possible to do so.
This week we take a look at jealousy (or feelings of inadequacy).
In Buddhism, there are teachings on what is called the Four Immeasurables, or Brahmaviharas in Pali. Brahma means divine (or sublime) and vihara means abode. They are our true home. We possess each of the four in endless quantities, not because we’re good or smart (although I’m sure you are!) but because we were born with them. In this short talk, I try to show how they can be used to face the feelings of inadequacy that may arise if we compare ourselves unfavorably to others.
What do you think? I always love to hear from you.
With love, Susan