041 – How Mindfulness Helps You Heal

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  • Most of us carry emotional pain from the past.
  • We all have the potential to create more emotional pain in the future.
  • If that pain isn’t released, it stays within us, building and building – we get egoically heavier and heavier – we carry it around with us and it constrains us.
  • We need to be finding ways of releasing and reducing the emotional pain from the past and not creating more in the future.
  • Eckhart Tolle frames this really well in his book The Power of Now.
  • Eckhart refers to the emotional painbody – the emotional pain we’ve accumulated from the past.
  • Various conditions can trigger pain.
  • If we don’t accept a feeling e.g. jealousy by doing something unskilful or dodging it in some way, the feeling gets lodged in the body.
  • Then later, this creates a button or hot spot within us that can be pressed by certain conditions.
  • These feelings can then pop back up again later.
  • Mindfulness practice allows us to bring awareness to the feelings, accept them, then let them pass.
  • If we’re aware of a feeling, that means we’re automatically accepting it – by holding it in our awareness, it’s saying it’s OK for it to be there.
  • When we accept feelings, they pass, and they don’t cause us problems later.
  • In this example, we may still experience jealousy again, but it will not be triggered by old pain.
  • Mindfulness practice gives these feelings and emotions space – they want your attention. When you give them attention, they do what they need to do and they pass.
  • Research shows that when you bring awareness to emotions they’ll usually pass within a couple of minutes.
  • This gives you confidence that you can hold feelings that may arise in the future.
  • Old emotional pain can arise – sometimes at times when we’re least expecting it.
  • This is pain within us that needs to be processed.
  • When we bring awareness to the pain with mindfulness, we reduce it – it’s a form of self-healing.
  • The job of a good healer is to create a space for somebody to do this.
  • Occasionally, it may not be possible for us to bring awareness and acceptance to the emotions.
  • In these cases, we may tactically need to suppress the feelings. And allow ourselves to come back to them later. This method should only be used when really needed as a tactic.
  • We’ll only be mindful of feelings that we’re capable of being mindful of.
  • If the feelings are too difficult for us to be aware of then the mind will regulate them or distract itself.
  • Ideally, we may sit with feelings when we have some space. Some solitude or practice with a friend – being present together.
  • If this is a new practice for you, just do a little to begin with. Get used to the process and allow your confidence to build in healing.
  • Spiritually speaking, healing helps. The emotional pain is a part of our ego.
  • The more healing we can do, the smaller our ego will be and the more evolved we become spiritually.
  • Healing is an important part of spiritual practice.

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3 Comments on “041 – How Mindfulness Helps You Heal

  1. Found this really helpful in explaining emotional pain ans how to diminish it and heal. Thanks. The recording was good and clear.

  2. Found this podcast interesting and it ties in well with The Eckhart Tolle teachings .
    Hope to find some healing of emotional pain in the future ,through being mindful .

  3. Thank you for this Podcast. I found it really helpful and uplifting to know that we can accept and release our emotional pain so simply and effortlessly.

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