A question from Greg Weber on a recent post, my answer!!!!!!!!

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“However, attention also comes at a price, especially at first. When we first start paying attention to the things we’ve denied or neglected, it usually hurts – a lot.
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This is because dissociation is how we block painful emotions that are overwhelming to us, and starting to pay attention to our internal life again is the antithesis of dissociating. People often tout the benefits of developing a mindfulness practice, and there are indeed many of them.
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But it’s not free; the price we pay for it is increased discomfort, especially in the beginning. That little tidbit seems to generally get left out in discussions about learning to pay attention.”
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Living life, dissociating everyday is surely not free, it is filled with suffering.
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“Dissociation is how we block painful emotions”, this statement does not address the suffering, the pain that accompanies dissociating like this.
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Painful emotions are not blocked by dissociating or other painful emotions take their place.
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Doing nothing, continuing to suffer, to dissociate, to waste life is also a decision, also left out of the discussion.
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The hurt we suffer by gazing internally, mindfully, is minuscule compared to the day to day suffering we endure by dissociating.
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Continuing to live in our current environment is a decision.
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Continuing to dissociate, to grasp thought, to accept the storyline of trauma is a decision, a very powerful one.
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Dissociation has no end, no solution, mindfulness leads to healing, cessation of our created suffering..
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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Isidro Buquiron on December 25, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    curious about the question…anyways, the answer to that question looks perfectly workable except that it demands lots of courage and honesty to go through it.

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