Our lives are a constant flow of emotions, which are essential to what it means to be human.
Pause for a moment and think about all the different emotions you’ve experienced so far today, from pleasant (e.g. joy, satisfaction, amusement, calm…), to unpleasant (e.g. anger, frustration, boredom, embarrassment…), with different degrees of intensity.
In my experience, it’s quite common for people to approach mindfulness practices moved by a desire to better deal with strong, unpleasant emotions, such as anxiety, fear, grief, shame…the list goes on.
Besides the long-term benefits of practicing mindfulness in terms of self-awareness and self-regulation around emotions, mindfulness also offers some useful “tools” to deal with emotions in the moment, as they happen.
My favorite is called R.A.I.N., a 4-step practice that often comes to my rescue when I am feeling overwhelmed by emotions. Here’s how it works:
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