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Survival Kits / Handling our strong emotions

All of us encounter despair and loneliness at some time in our lives. How do we weather these emotions when they threaten to overwhelm us?

Our teacher Thich Nhat Hanh provides us with some important keys on the way out of these difficult emotions while giving concrete practices. This section concludes with some meditations to help children manage their emotions.

Key Teachings

On handling strong emotions and despair
Thich Nhat Hanh teaches on how to weather our strong emotions. He also teaches some mindfulness practices on breathing to help us embrace our despair.

On loneliness
Thich Nhat Hanh speaks about loneliness and its roots and how to reconnect with ourselves and others.

Guided Meditations and Relaxations

When we are in the midst of strong emotions, doing a guided meditation or a deep relaxation to calm our body and mind can be very helpful. You can also access these on the Plum Village app.

Calm, ease
This is a classic Plum Village meditation, guided by Thich Nhat Hanh, on finding calm and ease within ourselves.
Deep relaxation
Sr Chanh Niem leads a guided deep relaxation

Helping children Handle Strong Emotions

With a little guidance, children can easily learn how to handle their emotions as well.

Handling strong emotions
Sr Jewel teaches kids how to handle their strong emotions
Pebble meditation
Br Phap Luu explains pebble meditation to children

Mindfulness can often help us with difficult emotions, but it might not always be suitable for every situation and it might be difficult to start a mindfulness practice in the midst of experiencing extremely strong emotions. In certain situations you might want to seek profession support from a mental health practitioner.

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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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