Demons & Dharma
Meditation isn’t therapy, even though mindfulness is increasingly used in healing environments. Sitting down to follow the breath and watch the mind inevitably puts us in intimate contact with our emotional life. At that moment we can be faced with two contrasting approaches. One is to focus the mind elsewhere, trying to let go of or ignore emotions so we can maintain a broader view of our experience through the lens of dharma. The other approach is to focus on the emotion itself, which may be unavoidable—powerful emotions can be hard to ignore. In this case, we need strategies for being with our feelings. That’s what this issue is about.