Lately, I’ve been feeling sad a lot. It’s not an overwhelming depression feeling. It’s just grief. A sense of loss. No one has died, but things change a lot. Meditation and mindfulness practices make me more acutely aware of this. My study of Dharma tells me that this grief is a sign of attachment.
It’s not that I shouldn’t be feeling grief. It’s going to arise in me again and again, and maybe more often than in people who have a naturally more optimistic disposition. I don’t know, though. I can’t see into anyone else’s head.
The difficulty is that this grief is feeling overwhelming. I find myself withdrawing, making my life smaller. Maybe this is a problem. Maybe it isn’t.
I struggle to manage my expectations around relationships the most. There is an idealized notion in my head of what a given relationship should be, and the relationship inevitably is never that. Maybe it is for moments in time, or maybe I just delude myself for moments in time. Maybe I don’t even know what it is I want.
My current task is to question why I think I want a given thing from a given relationship. What are my motivations? How do I show up in this relationship and what does that indicate? Can I catch myself when I make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling and realize that my assumptions aren’t the truth?
There are other queries I have. What level of effort is worth having close relationships? Am I better off keeping my distance or throwing myself into the fire? What do I even mean by close relationship?
I read somewhere that when you stop having questions is when you should worry. I guess I don’t need to worry, as I have plenty of questions.
There is not tidy conclusion for this post. It is open-ended, like the best questions and maybe the best answers too.
5 thoughts on “Maybe This Is a Problem. Maybe It Isn’t.”
What’s the longest time you sat in meditation with sadness? Without trying to resist the emotion?
I usually meditate 20 to 60 minutes a day, sometimes longer. And if I miss a few days, I can tell. The sadness comes and goes. Generally in meditation it is easier for me to observe with less resistance, but that leaks out into daily living more and more.
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This blog so far has generally focused on the rawer of my emotions because its primary function for me has been a place to process and practice vulnerability. And I am not the most lighthearted person by nature. Maybe it will start to morph into more lighthearted moments, though. That is it’s own type of vulnerability.
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Being open to vulnerability is a step in the direction, me thinks. =)