A friend said that sometimes during his meditation, his psychological issues "come
up." This morning during my meditation I experienced that kind of
thing in more ways than one.
First, I have gotten run-down lately and then have had trouble with my allergies and
Some frustration by this situation seems normal and natural;
however, this morning I felt enraged. The rage felt like a very old part
of me, maybe going back to childhood, that had gotten triggered.
Second, I exchanged emails with my brother yesterday to make arrangements for visiting
him in July. This morning I was
concerned that I might have pestered him
with too many questions too far in advance. However, at a feeling level,
I suddenly felt open and vulnerable toward him, willing and able to look at
things from his point of view in a compassionate way and discuss the situation
if necessary, but without feeling guilty or defensive.
When these kinds of parts -- or even Self -- come up during meditation, is
it best to turn toward them at the time and explore them, or is it better to
set them aside, continue meditating, and then come back to them later?
I am also familiar with what you are sharing. Sometimes i just ask the parts who show up, with firmness and love to have a sit next to me and meditate with me, that i will listen to them later. Sometimes if a part seems to have urgent needs, i ask them if they need to be listened to soon. Maybe this helps?
Thank you so much, Denise, for reviving this discussion that I began back in 2010. I'm in a fluid situation now where it will be especially helpful to be in touch with my parts in a mindful way. Your comment suggests a way of managing my interactions with my parts that sounds like it could be helpful. Thanks for sharing.