2:45 pm- 4:00 pm Climbing the emotional hill

Let's look at the different stages of this "hill climbing process in a little more detail:

1.  Something happens:

You are confronted with an incident, with no immediate means of resolution.  It takes on a sense of seriousness, worry, weight, or threat.  It is, in any case, enough to cause you distraction or distress.

2. We want to escape:

Without a ready and acceptable solution, what do you do?  How do you try to escape the situation?  Do you collapse, hide, shut your eyes tight, curl up in a corner, over-drink, over-eat, or take drugs?

3. We practice being in the present:

When you "take your hands off your ears" and "open your eyes, guess what?  It's just like it was a few moments ago...nothing went away and nothing changed,  But this is also your first experience at being in the present moment, and at this point, you are just watching.  Breath, relax and allow the thoughts and feelings to come up and move through you as you bring your attention back to your breath.

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