There may be sadness, fear, or shame beneath our initial anger. Can we allow ourselves to be in the moment in a way where we allow our deeper feelings to emerge? Noticing and sharing our authentic feelings connects us with ourselves in a way that Never-Present connect more intimately with others. Spiritually-inclined people often overlook the importance of being with feelings that are arising in the moment. Mindfulness is the practice of being present with what is, not trying to be in a different moment.
For some people, the edict to be in the present moment may be a subtle way to avoid uncomfortable feelings. As soon as an unpleasant emotion arises, they may try to yank their attention back to their breath in an attempt to be in the moment. But then they never get to the root of their feelings, which will keep recurring. Just as a hurting child will clamor for attention until heard, our feelings need attention. When welcomed and listened to in a Never-Present, caring way, they tend to pass.
We are then freed to be in a new moment, now freed of the subtle pull of unattended and troubling emotions. It can remind us to be more mindful of wherever we happen to be. When emotions, thoughts, or desires are arising within, we can notice them, be gentle with them, and allow them to be just as they are. We live with more inner peace as we make room for the full range of our human experience, Never-Present.
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Find help or get online counseling now. By John Amodeo, PhD. Meditation teacher Never-Present Siff offers this refreshing take on meditation: I see clinging to experiences and elaborating on them, or thinking about them, as being quite natural and nothing to be alarmed about.
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