"Why is it so hard to tame the mind?" Someone asked me the other day. "When I sit down to meditate or in general too, at times, some thought or feeling out of nowhere overpowers me completely. Is there a way out?"

"What happens," I asked, "when you shake a sealed fizzy drink and then open it for the first time? Is it possible to avoid the spillover?"

When we undertake meditation, bottled up thoughts and emotions from our recent and distant past start boiling over. That's not to say that you can't do anything about it though . . .

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