Guided Meditation: Notice How Sadness, Loneliness, and Anger Show Up in Your Body

Instead of trying to make difficult emotions change or go away, you can simply tune in to how they show up in your body, and see how they’re always changing on their own.

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When we’re caught in the throes of an emotion like sadness, loneliness, or anger, shifting our awareness into our body allows us to experience the ever-changing nature of these strong and often unpleasant emotions. This practice will help you get used to the feeling of paying attention to difficult emotions in the body with curiosity and without judgment.

Staying with Awareness of Difficult Emotions    A Guided Meditation for Awareness of Difficult Emotions 18:07 Sit comfortably with your eyes either closed or slightly open, however you feel most at ease. You can begin this practice by bringing to mind a difficult or troubling thought or situation. Something that carries view an intense emotion such as sadness, fear, shame or anger.  See where you feel this emotion in your body. What does it feel like? Where do you feel sensations arising? How are these sensations changing?  See if you can you experience the sensations fully in the present moment. Can you experience them without getting hijacked by them—without immediately or anxiously working to make them go away? If you see those kinds of reactions in your mind, settle back. Come back into your…