Question

I practice zazen 45 minutes every morning, taking great care to keep the right posture, trying to be relaxed and open and to breathe well. Sometimes, old pains rise up, old harms, lack of love or of care, insecurity as well, sometimes. Old harms from childhood that rise up as soon as they have the opportunity, like a need and a lack of parental security. My spontaneous reaction today (it used not to be like that at all times), is to see this with great compassion and some distance. Broadly, as if I nursed the child within me with all my heart, and it's beneficial, even if it hurts.

The question I would like to ask a seasoned Master such as you is: is this part of an healing process and is it sound? For I'd really want to get free from this need of external security.

Answer from Master Kosen

<p style="font-family: TeXGyrePagella; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">Absolutely. Keep on, without analyzing too much, things get free naturally, at their own rhythm.</p><p style="font-family: TeXGyrePagella; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">If you have the opportunity, do not hesitate to practice with other people in a dojo and to have your posture checked.</p><p>Kosen</p>


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