take away will be short and sweet.
I recall a conversation I had with my husband, one day, while I was preparing to meditate:
Joe: “Ug, I do NOT want to do that again”
Me: “Haha, and why not babe?”
Joe: “Because, I had too many emotions and thoughts going on at once”
Me: “That’s definitely understandable, sometimes it’s not going to be sunshine and rainbows”.
Moral of the story is—when my husband tried to meditate that once, he went into the practice with the feelings of sadness at the time. He did not like sitting in his feelings.
That’s the honest fact of meditation: We are going into the practice with whatever feelings you bring in.
During your practice… you are going to SIT in honest feelings. There is nowhere to escape.
Within then past 7-9 days of this challenge, I’ve felt agitation and anxiety. And I felt ALL of it. Though these emotions were uncomfortable, I allowed them to BE. Eventually their intensity did subside.
You cannot fight what’s honest. However, you can accept the emotion and reason behind it.
What are some ways that you guys cope with these emotions on the days that meditation falls short?