Feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy, and fear, instead of being bad news, are actually very clear moments that teach us where it is that we're holding back. They teach us to perk up and lean in when we feel we'd rather collapse and back away. They're like messengers that show us, with terrifying clarity, exactly where we're stuck. This very moment is the perfect teacher, and, lucky for us, it's with us wherever we are.
Sunday, August 03, 2008
The perfect teacher
Once again, I want to emphasize that becoming meditators does not mean we will never experience difficult feelings again. It means, rather, that we will learn to relate to those feelings differently than we did before: