Commit to Sit: Aversion

Working with Aversion

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Just as with desire, we need not judge our fear, anger, frustration, contraction, irritation, annoyance, or the many other forms of aversion we experience. We simply note the moments of ill will, disappointment, or indignation as they arise. We keep noting these feelings, even labeling them -- "anger, anger" -- and watching our tone so that we're not noting in an angry way. We simply take note of our experience as a means of recognition and acceptance. As an experiment, you might see how many notes it takes until the feelings of anger or aversion dissipate. Five notes, ten notes, a hundred notes? As you investigate, you'll be able to reinforce the understanding that these feelings, like all others, are impermanent. They're going to change. You don't need to be caught up in them. You don't need to be driven by them. You can create the space in yourself to simply be aware. Recognition without judgment -- that's the first way of working.

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