It’s easy, and oh so human, to find yourself saddened and overwhelmed by the troubles effecting us on the national or world scale as well as on a personal level. There’s nothing wrong with feeling sad or overwhelmed at times. The trick is not to be fooled into rewinding our stories of woe to play them over and over.
Pema Chodron writes:
The reason we often start to go downhill with losing heart is that we allow ourselves to get hooked by our emotions. When we get hooked—when we get really angry, resentful, fearful, or selfish—we start to go a little unconscious.
Also, we talked about the streaming series: The Mind, Examined, and the episode that focuses on mindfulness. I highly recommend you check it out. The episode featured Tibetan teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, who talked about his attitude toward his crippling dealings with panic attacks. He wrote: In Love with the World: A Monk’s Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying, which we also talked about and sounds like a fascinating read.