If we learn to keep our mind quiet through meditation, to just stay present with our feelings, to connect with our heart, to let go of the story lines, and to directly feel all the unpleasant sensations associated with our emotional hurts, then the heart will open and we can approach each situation from a wider perspective. Meditation practice and the cultivation of heart-mind awareness give us the opportunity to respond to our emotions in a very nonviolent and compassionate way.
Gerry Shishin Wick
Gerry Shishin Wick is a dharma successor of Taizan Maezumi Roshi and President and Spiritual Leader of the Great Mountain Zen Center in Lafayette, Colorado. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Buddhism, physics, and oceanography, and has taught at Naropa University.