Learning to Soften the difficult in the body, can help us soften the difficult sensations of the mind.
There was a Correfoc (Catalan literally in English "fire-run") in our village last weekend. This one is mainly for the little kids to get involved and learn the tradition that started around the 12th century. It's one of my favourite Catalan festivals. An alive with a little fire in your belly festival. In the correfoc, the groups participating dress as devils and light fireworks. The drums of a traditional gralla drown out any other noise and you can feel the beat of them in your veins. They march dancing with spinning fireworks through the town from one end to the other. It goes for about 3 hours, a little beat and sparkle to run out the negative and opening up to what happens next.
Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different;enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will);being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won't).- James Baraz -
Sometimes the difficult feels too strong, and mindfulness might fail you in the moment. Difficult events that are out of your control. Fear or anger may just rule for that moment. There is always an opportunity to sit and revisit the difficult when you feel ready. There is always something hanging around from the past, with awareness you can choose to revisit it, and explore all the thoughts, physical and emotional sensations in the mind body and soul. You can take a space and time that’s safe and quiet and recall the difficult
The difficult is an invitation, to explore within, to soften and let go.
"If someone comes along and shoots an arrow into your heart,
it’s fruitless to stand there and yell at the person.
It would be much better to turn your attention to the fact that there’s an arrow in your heart..".
- Pema Chodron -
Choose a time when you notice the difficult and wish to explore or do this when you have time to sit and explore a past difficult experience or emotion.