What is in a Memory

Memories are the corner stone of whatever mindfulness technique we develop. Memories are more complex than what we see at the surface. When we recall a memory, we also recall lots of body sensations associated with that memory. In reality we do not only memorize an event, we also memorize our state of being when we lived that experience in the past. So the body is constantly physically transformed by the recalling of these memories. How can we become more aware of that very important but neglected factor? The constant search of an homeostatic balance from a physical point of view has a significant psychological impact on us. If a perceived unpleasant body sensation is attached to a memory, whenever we recall this memory we will recall this sensation and thus feel awkward in return. It is simply because we are conditioned to identify this sensation as something very unpleasant, but what is it in reality? If we look at this sensation carefully we might see that it is just physical sensations. Yes it might be slightly unpleasant but what makes us react to them in such an irrational way? We can try to observe body sensations purely from a description of physical sensations and learn to detach them from the thoughts that gave rise to them.

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