If you’re anything like me, on a daily basis you come into contact with people and situations that, well cause you to become frustrated. The truth is, the world and the people in it can be challenging. Unmet expectations, hopes, and dreams can cause even the most seasoned meditators to bristle. Fortunately, meditation is a practice and not necessarily something to be perfected. In other words, learning to cultivate mindfulness and an awareness that each one of us has a choice when faced with difficulty happens with practice.
Checkout this recent Elephant Journal post from Chris Lemig for a great reminder on the choice that each one of us has when it comes to interpersonal relationships. That, and how meditation can help prepare you for that inevitable confrontation.
My body was a knot of tension and my mind was totally miserable.But, then something happened. It was a little like a reflex. Everything just stopped and I took a breath.
I noticed what was going on in my mind.
There was my anger, there was my pride, there was my struggling against what was and grasping at how I wanted things to be, all of it just rising up and fading away like smoke on the wind.
Suddenly, I realized that I had a choice. I could keep on being upset and let the anger roil and boil and get out of control, or I could just let it go and watch it roll on by. It was all up to me.
Read more from Lemig on using meditation to cultivate one’s freedom of choice here.