In the brain, naming an emotion can help calm it… Name it to Tame It.
Can you see the connection between emptiness, compassion or bliss? A mandala tries to make you conscious about it.
… there’s an emerging science that suggests the way we think about overeating is all wrong. People gorge not necessarily because food is delicious, the theory goes, but because food is flavorless.
Controlling the breath is called pranayama (control of breath or vital energies), whereas just observing the breath is called anapanasati (mindfulness of breathing).
Basically these are two different practices with different outcomes and philosophies behind them. It’s not that one is objectively better than the other, it’s more like do you need a screwdriver or a hammer for the job?
Ajhan Sumedho 1 narrates his feelings when he met his parents. He was 55 and he felt like a teenager. Nothing strange about it, don’t you think?
We are immersed in the trials of no change, of permanence, and the same time we try to change everything. We should begin by observing , not grasping. Be yourself… unless you are with your parents. Let them be themselves. It’s cheaper than going to psychiatrist.