I meditated on emotions for the first time today. I have had a difficult time adjusting to a new job and life in New York City and thought this month of meditation would help me find balance and develop strategies with how anxious and overwhelmed I feel here. Although breathing has been very useful (I often find myself stopping and breathing when I start to react to situations at work), I thought today’s meditation on emotions touched the core (literally) of my stress. While listening to Sharon’s c.d., I could feel myself instantly center in on a tightness in my chest which has constantly been present throughout meditations. I recognized the familiar feeling of anxiety which has not left me since I started teaching this year. When instructed to try to peel apart the layers of emotion, I could feel different emotions bound up in a knot in my chest: self-doubt, excitement, hopelessness, and of course, anxiety. Discovering these other aspects helped unravel the knot in my core, if only a little. I am impressed with how easy it was to label and understand my emotions. I had not stopped and tried to really understand them before, instead I always reacted to them. It felt comforting to be able to face them and take them apart in a calm, controlled manner. Hopefully continued meditation on emotions will help with my anxiety!