Whether you are meditating in your quiet space, or just released back to the mat out of a heart opener– emotions inevitably will show up in your practice some time or another. It’s very common for deep feelings to arise during contemplative practice. It’s what you decide to do with those feelings that can allow you to experience growth and understanding in you practice.
According to Trista Thorp, of Sonima.com, emotions that arise during meditation typically represent one of two things:
- undigested past negative emotions that are rising up to be processed, or
- a present-moment experience of raw emotion from something happening now, which can me positive or negative
Thorp points out that emotions don’t go away. Even after we have long since moved on from painful experiences of the past, the unresolved baggage is still anchored in our neurology and it will continue to surface until worked through. Many people do not realize that we store our emotions in our physical body as well as our psyche. The process of settling down into the quietness of meditation, or the release of a heart opening pose like camel pose, ustrasana, or wheel pose, urdhva dhanurasana can release some emotional baggage.
Meditation allows us to see ourselves physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. The purpose of meditation is to get to know ourselves at a much deeper level; to learn how to get past experiences and to recognize that we are not our thoughts or our experiences.
Don’t fight against what you are feeling. Stop struggling. Allow yourself to feel. Allow the emotions to surface, this is how we get past them. Crying is a form of release. When you feel the intensity of the emotion dissipate, close your eyes and settle back into your meditation. When we are operating from a place of witnessing awareness, we are better able to make conscious choices in our daily lives that lead to more joy, peace, happiness, and fulfillment.