We all have a range of feelings including feelings that may be pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral. Many of us either escalate our feelings with thoughts and actions in response to a person or situation, or we distract ourselves from whatever we are feeling with some form of entertainment. We don’t simply stay present to the feelings as they are.
As a result we become stuck in certain patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving and often these habits aren’t working for us. These habits are deeply ingrained in us and it takes practice to shift them. Mindfulness practice teaches us to stay with feelings.