Purpose of Mindfulness practice using emotions

Similarly to the mindfulness of the breath, practice with one’s emotions is another avenue to anchor one’s attention into present moment. It allows the person to be honest about their direct experience. In this way the view is that emotions and feelings are not a problem, it is when we avoid them that problems arise. In our attempts to run away from our emotions we distract ourselves from the reality of the present. The purpose of practicing mindfulness of emotions is its ability to enhance one’s capable to deal with the highs and lows of life. It builds courage with the practice and shows that life is doable. As a result, one’s capability to stay within the present moment grows. We are able to listen to our emotion without using escapism or projections to run away from them.

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