a way of cultivating deep respect for emotions

Belinda Siew Luan Khong

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    The practice of mindfulness affords individuals a way of cultivating deep respect for, rather than avoiding, emotions. Cultivating a deep respect for emotions means appreciating and honoring what is unfolding moment by moment. When one nourishes a deep respect for whatever emotion arises, then one greets it as an honored guest with an important message to deliver, rather than an enemy to contend with. In embracing and befriending whatever arises, mindfulness makes it possible for the individual to savor and get in touch with more refined emotions. A case study—Katy's experience with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is discussed to demonstrate how mindfulness enables her to develop deep respect for the range of emotions she experienced as a result of her trauma, and to make space for them. Specific mindfulness practices and other complementary psychological approaches adapted to her concerns were put in place to help her to "override" her body memory (an important feature of PTSD) of the experience. The processes involved in the mindfulness practice enabled Katy to get in touch with her motivations for her actions and her more refined emotions of compassion and sense of responsibility. Incorporating mindfulness in her treatment plan helped Katy to cope with PTSD more effectively and also made it possible for her to acquire a life skill that went beyond learning to cope with the trauma.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)31-37
    Number of pages7
    JournalHakomi forum
    Issue number26
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Bibliographical note

    Previously published in Mindfulness, Vol. 2, No. 1, (2011), p.27-32

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