Love that’s grasping or craving or lusting after something else that it wants, this is shallow love. It is desire. When working with feelings and emotions that come up, just observe. Don’t take what’s coming up and make it into something else. If you just observe it will find its own equilibrium, the realization of not-two. This is deep love. It is not an experience. It may have feeling, but not a feeling about something or someone else. It is a fundamental understanding of the nature of things.
Don’t avoid how you feel by going into the thought process. When emotion arises, no matter how you feel, do nothing with it. In this way you purify it.
When you put a label on something, call it depression or anxiety, for example, you may be covering up the very thing you need to look at. Sokuzan says you don’t have to stop the labeling. Then how do you see what it is covering up? Here Sokuzan answers questions about how to work with body and mind during the practice of meditation.
Confidence based on causes and conditions will fade. Complete confidence is both confidence and lack of confidence at the same time where thoughts and emotions are free to come and go. Prioritize awareness. Hold your seat and make friends with what comes and goes through the practice of meditation.