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18310Re: [Meditation Society of America] how do watch you emotions as well as thoughts

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  • walto
    Jun 14, 2012
      --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, "Aideen Mckenna" <aideenmck@...> wrote:
      > That's what happens. You notice that you've become distracted & you return
      > to your breath or whatever you've chosen as a focus. You look at the
      > intruding thought with "bare attention" i.e. you touch lightly on it &
      > return. How do you "learn"? You ARE learning. You've noticed that a
      > thought has drawn you in. That's what it's all about. Don't get stressed
      > about it - you're noticing, but not resisting, not pushing the distraction
      > away, just observing its presence. When you get pulled in, you notice that
      > you've been pulled in. Back to square one. It's like a baby learning to
      > walk - she gets to her feet in a wobbly fashion, falls down. Gets up, falls
      > down. Gets up, falls down. In time, she achieves some steadiness & can
      > balance long enough to move a foot forward before falling down. Falling
      > down is NOT failure. It's just part of the process. Don't worry - keep
      > calm & carry on.

      Beautifully said.

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