Mindfulness isn’t just paying attention to the positive moments in your life. It’s paying attention to everything – and that includes the range of your emotions. It’s paying attention to negative feelings and doing so without judgment. Remember that while they may be painful, feelings are fleeting. (Often ignoring our feelings takes more work than just feeling them.) According to Thich Nhat Hanh in Your True Home, “Feelings are born, take shape and last for a few moments, and then disappear. As with the physical form, birth and death of feelings occur in every moment. In meditation, we look mindfully at this river of feelings. We contemplate their arising, their remaining, and their disappearance. We witness their impermanence.
When we have an unpleasant feeling, we say to ourselves, ‘This feeling is in me, it will stay for a while, and then it will disappear because it is impermanent.’ Just by seeing the impermanence of feelings in this way, we suffer a lot less.” When we pause and choose to live our lives mindfully, the meaningful moments and daily miracles – which are always present – open up to us like a blossoming bud. We step off the conveyor belt of autopilot and into our lives.
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