In his book, The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle talks a lot about the pain body. To him, it represents old emotional pain that we all carry around inside of us and, when triggered, controls our thinking and behavior in negative aggressive or defensive ways. In our Integral Mindfulness Group, we will practice to identify these negative emotional reactions when they spring up and how to keep them from warping our response through presence. We will also look at the limitations of this technique, which does not address deep psychological trauma, personality disorders, and mental illnesses, and can lead to new-age narcissism, emotional numbing, and lack of compassion through what is called spiritual bypassing.

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