How to face your Emotions in Mindfulness?
It is very common that everyone has more or less emotions. As being a natural creation of human life, emotions are an integral part of human life. Many people can manage Emotions, but some people face difficulties to manage such Emotions. Being a human being, life always moves its own way. Reality of life is no way to avoid. Yet, if someone can understand the true or real nature of Emotions, it is quite easy for him or her to face & manage Emotions that can help to have a luminous life by accepting the reality. Yes, Mindfulness can help you to understand the true or real nature of Emotions that can also help to manage & reduce such Emotions so that can avoid distraction in life. So, how to face Emotions in Mindfulness? Is it possible to completely destroy Emotions? Is it possible to get completely free from Emotions?
All these questions are quite interrelated. If you are looking for answers of such questions, this Article can help you to understand in deep level. Let’s look some basic understanding about Emotions & Mindfulness .
What is Emotions?:
According to Wikipedia, Emotions are mental states brought on by neuropsychological changes, variously associated with thoughts, feelings, behavioral responses, and a degree of pleasure o displeasure. There is currently no scientific consensus on a definition. Emotions are often intertwined with mood, temperament, personality, disposition, or creativity.
No doubt that continuous study, research are going on in the field of psychology, medicine, neuroscience, computer science, artificial intelligence, etc., yet, there is no final conclusion or definite description to come out. In the near future, the real or true nature of Emotions might uncover. In fact, Emotions are absolutely associated with human life and that is the reality. Some people have more Emotions & some peoples have fewer Emotions. But, no one is totally out of Emotions at all. What you think about it?
What is Mindfulness?:
According to Wikipedia,
Mindfulness is the practice of purposely bringing one’s attention in the present moment without evaluation, a skill one develops through meditation or through other training. Mindfulness drives from Sati, a significant element of Buddhist tradition.
If you base on the definition of Mindfulness as stated on Wikipedia, it clearly indicates that Mindfulness develops through Meditation or other training. That means Mindfulness is the ability of the Mind which developed through Meditation or some other training. So, Mindfulness is not the Meditation at all.
Based on above basic understanding about Emotions & Mindfulness, let’s move further to figure out how to face Emotions in Mindfulness?
Facing Emotions in Mindfulness, the Mind can realize that Emotions are the creation of the Mind:
If you look at the definition given by Wikipedia, it is clearly stated that Emotions are the Mental States brought on by neuropsychological changes, variously associated with thoughts, feelings, behavioral responses, and a degree of pleasure o displeasure. That mean Emotions are one kind of Mental states. If it is Mental states, that means Emotions lies in the Mind. In straight forward, can say that the Mind is the creator of such Mental states, that is Emotions.
As Emotions creates by the Mind, the Mind express such Emotional states through thoughts, feelings, behavioral responses. If you look at thoughts, feelings and behavioral responses, etc., all are also created by the Mind. That means, the Mind is creating Emotions and the same Mind is expressing such Emotions by creating thoughts, feelings, etc., to express them.
So, it is very clear that the Mind is creating Emotions by itself and the same Mind is suffering or getting distracted too. Isn’t it?
Face Emotions in Mindfulness by being aware & observe thoughts, feelings, sensations without any judgement:
As the Mind expresses Emotions through thoughts, feelings, behavioral responses like sensation, etc., let the Mind be aware of all these. The Mind has the ability to be aware as well as to be in the Present Moment due to Mindfulness. Thoughts, feelings, sensation, behavioral responses, etc., all are occurring in the Present Moment. As they are occurring or arising in the Present Moment, let the Mind be aware of them. What is happening in the Mind at this very moment, only be aware of that. That means, let the Mind be aware of itself in the Present Moment of its own activities or movement.
If thoughts are arising in the Mind, be aware that thoughts are arising. If thoughts move, be aware that thoughts are moving. If thoughts are disappearing, be aware that thoughts are disappearing. Aware of the total process from arising to disappearing of thoughts. Be away from judging anything. Only be aware & observe thoughts without any judgement.
The Mind might wander at any moment. Let it be its own way to wander. Only be aware that the Mind is wandering. Once the Mind is aware that it has been away from the Present Moment, let it be aware in the Present Moment. Wherever the Mind goes, only be aware of the movement & existence of the Mind at this Present Moment. If the Mind is aware that feelings are arising. Let feelings arise. Only be aware that feelings are arising. If feeling disappear, only be aware that feelings are disappearing. If sensation arising & noticed in the Mind, only be aware that sensation are arising. If sensation moves & disappear, only be aware that sensation are moving & sensation are disappearing. That is a complete activity whatever noticed in the Mind, only be aware and observe without any judgement.
Being aware & observing thoughts, feelings, sensation, etc., the Mind can understand that all these are being created by the Mind. As the Mind is in Mindfulness, that means the Mind has also the ability to understand that the source of creation is the Mind by itself.
Face Emotions to uncover the true or real nature of Emotions in Mindfulness:
As the Mind is in Mindfulness, that means the Mind has the ability to be aware, observe without any judgement & can be able to back itself in the Present Moment. Having all these abilities, the Mind can understand or realize that Emotions are being created by the Mind by itself. The Mind can also understand that such Emotions are expressing through thoughts, feelings, sensations or behavioral responses. That means, everything is creating by the Mind by itself. They are not coming from outside the Mind.
Being aware & observation made by the Mind without any judgement, the Mind can understand that Emotions which are expressing through thoughts, feelings, sensations, behavioral responses, etc., all arise & go away. They arise, move & disappear or go away. They never last long. The Mind can also be able to understand or realize that thoughts, feelings, etc., have no inherent power. They only arise & disappear after a while. Thoughts, feelings, etc., can’t inspire or encourage the Mind to get engaged or express reaction over them unless the Mind do judgement over them. As no judgement is there by the Mind, their real or true nature remains as usual. No alteration or no imitation over there. They remain as usual with their real or true nature.
Understanding the true or real nature, the Mind can also realize or understand that Emotions has the same attributes. There is also no inherent power of Emotions. They only arise & disappear. As no judgement made over Emotions, they remain as usual by its own true or real nature. That means, the Mind gets a clear understanding that Emotions is nothing but the creation of the Mind by itself who has no inherent power and Emotions only get activated having power from the Mind once they are judged by the Mind. As no judgement over there by the Mind, Emotions can’t inspire the Mind to get attached to them or engaged to them. As a result, they have no options, rather to be disappeared in the Mind from where Emotions were created.
The Mind has the ability to Face, Acknowledge, Accept & Let Go Emotions in Mindfulness:
Being able to be aware, observe Emotions without any judgement happens in Mindfulness. Once Emotions are arising, let the Mind be aware that Emotions are arising. Once Emotions has arisen, let the Mind be aware that Emotions has arisen. Let the Mind acknowledge & face Emotions without any reaction or judgement or no resistance over them. Only acknowledge & accept them. Let them go away or disappear as usual in their own ways.
Being not judged or reacted or insisted over Emotions, they only arise & disappear without any impression or impact. The Mind keep continues to grow more & more ability to face them and let them go away. The Mind only be aware, observe without any judgement, acknowledge, accept & let go Emotions being in Mindfulness.
The Mind faces Emotions rather than suppress in Mindfulness:
Be away from suppressing Emotions rather to face & let them go as usual always as the Mind has the ability to face them in Mindfulness. The Mind only be aware, observe without any judgement. The Mind acknowledges that there are Emotions, faces them and let them go away or disappear in their own ways.
The Mind never suppress Emotions. If Emotions suppress, they only remain as dormant, and they might again back and keep continue to distract the Mind again & again. Understanding or realizing the true or real nature of Emotions, the Mind never let Emotions be suppressed rather than face Emotions and let go away.
Sustainability cultivates naturally in the Mind by facing Emotions in Mindfulness:
Keep continuing to be aware & observe without any judgement as well accepting Emotions & let them go as usual, the Mind naturally builds it ability to understand the true or real nature of Emotions. In fact, such continuous facing of Emotions, the Mind naturally get more & more strong enough to deal with them by facing.
The Mind cultivates its natural power or ability to be more aware of Emotions that creates by itself naturally. As the Mind is a natural creation and all activities or functions or movements of the Mind, obviously natural. Hence, natural sustainability is much more concern arise in the Mind, and it keeps continue to cultivate such sustainability to face Emotions without any judgement.
Of course, if Emotions are so severe and forcing to face distractions continuously, it is needed to have medical consultation immediately.
Facing Emotions by being aware of their arising to disappearing without any judgement, the Mind acknowledges & faces Emotions & let them go. As a result, the Mind can understand or realize the real nature of Emotions that they are the creations of the Mind, and they have no inherent power unless the Mind do judgement over them. Keep continue to facing Emotions without any judgement in Mindfulness, the Mind continuously cultivates its ability to face them & remains as an observer. Gradually, Emotions starts to slow down of arising in the Mind.
This is the way, to face Emotions in Mindfulness.