great video, thanks for this.
hermitwin wrote:why is there so much focus on the
negative emotions that arise?
i think that some people may get the idea
that meditation causes psychological problems.
i think he is referring to intensive retreat style practice. intensive practice definitely changes the way the mind functions temporarily and it's possible to have some weird effects. i had to stop sitting 2 days prior to the end of my last retreat in order to re-integrate properly.
It can even happen outside of retreat. Recently I had a very calm sitting, rising from which I felt so much calm and peace in my mind-and-body. The problem was, I had to drive off in the car right away, and was not (at that moment) focussed on the rest of the world out there
- other cars on the road for example! Interestingly, when a car seemed to come suddenly out of nowhere (that's right, I wasn't being watchful enough), I suddenly plunged right into the moment,
and almost as if in slow motion I observed my excellent reflexes avoid the collision. So yes we need to learn how, after being with 'just this body' for a time, to once again take up the diversity of the outer realm - which requires the mind to take an interest in what is going on around it in space,
and not just within this body 'in and of itself!'