When you are in the grips of an emotion there is a period of time where everything you perceive only serves to support that emotion. When caught in the waves of anger for example someone can shower you with praise or kindness and it only upsets you more.
This emotional phase is called the ‘selective filtering period’. If we can recognise when we are in this phase we can then train to skilfully move within it so we can relate to our emotions in a healthier way.
The techniques we will train in for this session are a fascinating series of practices called ‘The Four Applications of Mindfulness’ – are geared towards overcoming our cognitive biases – the impression that the way we see things is as they are not filtered by our experiences, values or expectations. As we will explore – when it comes to the experience of emotions – particularly the strong ones such as anger and shame, this is not often the whole truth.