I expect she will be disappointed if she continues. One of the things I've learned in about 5000 hours of meditation is that I don't have control over my reactions. Developing the capacity to "sit back and look at our emotions" is hard work, and then there's the whole nonself thing which makes the idea of control problematic in itself.
Is there a brand of "meditation" without the spiritual mumbo-jumbo? Are there any schools of meditation that focus on the neurology of it, without resorting to "spirit", "soul", "chakra" or layering on new age tropes? Even if they're true, so many people use them to mean anything and everything it's genuinely off-putting to someone who's spent 40 years trying to slough off the baggage of growing up in the bible belt.
One of the aspects of Vipassana meditation that is different from other forms is that it asks you to sit through three 1-hour sessions a day where you don’t move your body at all.
Sounds painful? It is.
That’s part of the point, actually. See, it’s an experiential way of understanding that pain and suffering are real things that will happen in our life whether we like it or not. The deeper suffering actually comes from constantly trying to run away from that pain instead of sitting with it.
The most interesting thing that happens when you do sit with the pain and attempt to stay non-attached is that the throbbing in your knee or the spasms in the back of your shoulder transform. Sometimes it just goes away, but at other times it turns into a miraculous light that ushers in a calmness that’s hard to experience any other way that is legal.
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