right at the center of it all...
Today I dropped my kids off at school, and my son was crying. He didn't want to go to school, he wanted to stay home. I gave him a hug, the teacher picked him up and carried him into his class. I walked out, and was left with a great big heartache. I drove to work, and felt sad and agitated the whole time.
Then, I recognized something. Rather than try to avoid this feeling, make it go away, distract myself from it, or wallow in it; I could sit with it, and get curious.
I sat in the heartache, and went in and in, and I found something really beautiful right at the center of it.
At the middle was all of the sadness and heartache of the entire universe. It was all the sadness that anyone has ever felt over thousands and thousands of years. It was the heartache of my ancestors, my friends, and all the people who i will never meet.
Right at the center of my own feeling, I felt everyone, and I could handle that because I wasn't alone anymore. It became something universal and it wasn't personal anymore. Then, I taught a great yoga class, and I used that connection that I felt, to inspire others.
This is one of the practices that I use over and over again, and it's been the most powerful practice for healing from depression.
Once you connect to the center of something, you find that you are not alone. We are all in this this together.
You can do this same practice with anger, fear, jealousy, anxiety, etc,..