“I’m somewhat famous for having marched up to my first meditation teacher, looking him in the eye, and saying, “I never used to be an angry person before I started meditating” [laughter]. I was laying the blame exactly where I felt it belonged—on him!
Of course, I’d been hugely angry before, but I hadn’t really paid much attention to it. So it’s perfectly natural when you start meditating to see a huge array of thoughts and feelings you may have been ignoring. This is one of the reasons why it’s very reassuring to work with a teacher or have a class, a guide, or a community. They can remind you that it’s about being aware of what’s going on, not trying to fight it. Not getting caught up in it. Being able to move your attention somewhere else so you get some relief. Having some compassion for yourself instead of judgment. It’s really useful to be able to tap into that kind of counsel.”
~Sharon Salzberg in an interview with Dan Harris, October 2014
Sharon Salzberg is one of the founders of the Insight Meditation Center (IMS), a meditation retreat center in Barre, MA.
She is known for her wonderful lovingkindness teachings and in particular her book on this topic, listed in Recommended Reading.
A brief bio can also be found at: http://www.onetrackheartmovie.com/bio/sharon-salzberg.