Letting go of emotions

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“Vipassana is taught. Students learn how to observe objectively all the sensations in their body, whatever they may be, without reacting to them. They watch emotions come and go; they watch pain come and go; they watch pleasure come and go. And they realize, not intellectually, but through their experience, that nothing is permanent. Hatred, passion, greed, are not abstract any more. By watching the physical sensations that accompany these emotions, and by understanding their impermanent nature, one can actually start changing the habit of blind reaction. Between the two poles of expression and suppression lies a third option – mere observation.”

From the film: Doing Time, Doing Vipassana

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