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Embodied Emotions and Body–Mind Reactivity

  • Padmasiri de Silva
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Abstract

Managing Negative Emotions: The initial challenge in the use of mindfulness is not to suppress or oppose destructive mental states but to see their emergence, the arising and passing away. The obstructions to this process are many and need reflective and deep contemplative insights. Recent research in neuroscience has presented three kinds of contemplative experience: focussed attention on the in-and-out breathing cycle; open-monitoring meditation on a number of facets—sensations, internal bodily sensations, thoughts and emotions. This is the area related to the working framework of the present chapter; cultivation of benevolence, compassion and kindness and there will be some focus on the third area in different chapters.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Philosophical, Historical and International StudiesMonash UniversitySpringvaleAustralia

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