Meditation can often bring about feelings of joy and happiness, even bliss on occasion, but it can also be about sitting with difficult, hard to feel emotions. We all have times in our lives when we have experienced pain, shame, grief or maybe the feeling of being unloved or unloving. Often times it’s just too hard to process these feelings at the time so we avoid them, stuff them deep inside or completely deny them.
These experiences and the emotions they carry can be triggered by the smallest thing when we least expect it. Meditation is sometimes about being able to be open to these difficult feelings, to being able to be gentle with yourself around them. Not running from or turning away from them, not stuffing them back inside. Dis-ease produces disease. Allowing the energy of these difficult emotions to flow and to be held with awareness and kindness during meditation is a wonderful way of allowing healing to take place.