I believe one of the main benefits of meditation, even if only a few minutes a day, is to allow us to create a pause between a stimulus and our response. More often than not, if we hear someone say something we don’t like, we may immediately react. Meditation allows us to easily step back and pause to provide us time to think about an appropriate response. A few seconds can mean the difference between a harmful reaction or a benevolent action.
When people believe we must only focus on what we think is positive and avoid what we feel is negative, ask yourself, why are we here?
Living in a duality world, we are here to experience both the light and the dark. If we don’t embrace the negative, then we’re living in illusion just as much as someone who only looks at the negative.