Right Effort includes developing and increasing wholesome states by recognizing them or inclining the mind to their development. The four states of loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity can be consciously developed through practice. (Includes experiential exercises.)
Through meditation practice, we become more skilled at identifying what we
are experiencing, opening to it with a loving heart, and examining it with
an eye to insight. When we connect fully with what we feel, the heart is
not troubled and the nature of experience is apparent.
Because of the power of our emotions, we are called upon in this
practice to cultivate emotional mindfulness and emotional
freedom. What is the interface then between experiencing our feelings
fully, and maintaining emotional equanimity, or balance? How can we
relate to our emotional life in a way that allows the creative power
of our hearts to awaken?