7.12.21: FREEDOM

Today's selection on FREEDOM comes from mindfulness teacher and author Jack Kornfield. He writes,

"Repeated thoughts and stories are almost always fueled by an unacknowledged emotion or feeling underneath. These unsensed feelings are part of what brings the thought back time and again. Future planning is usually fueled by anxiety. Remembering of the past is often fueled by regret, or guilt, or grief. Many fantasies arise as a response to pain or emptiness. The task in meditation is to drop below the level of the repeated recorded message, to sense and feel the emotional energy that brings it up. When we can do this, and truly allow and come to terms with the feeling, the thought will no longer need to arise, and the pattern will naturally fade away. 

Opening further, we can shift our awareness to the space around all things, and experience the vast openness of mind that holds all these thoughts and feelings. 

This is an invitation to freedom."

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