The purpose of meditation is not to get rid of thoughts and emotions. The purpose of meditation is to simply become aware of the thoughts and emotions that arise without pushing them away or clinging to them (aparigraha.) When we learn to witness what comes up without reaction it starts to transfer into life- relationships, family, work, everything. We become more peaceful, content (santosha), and compassion when we are not controlled by our thoughts and emotions.
By no means have I mastered any of this. I just practice. I still have my reactions. I still get my panties in a wad over the stupidest things. My feelings still get hurt. Thing is, though, what’s been transformative with this practice is that I just don’t stay in the reactive place very long. Things resolve and I find my center more quickly.
Meditation is available for everyone. I so often hear people say things like, my mind’s too busy, I can’t sit still, or I don’t have the time. The practice and discipline (tapas) of practicing meditation may not be easy, but the reward is limitless.
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