What’s the weather like?

Have you ever tried to tell an upset spouse or child to “just get over it?” Did it work? Emotions are internal weather. A storm will swell up, the sun will shine, the rain will pour, the wind will blow. Fortunately, once framed this way, the analogy can be extended – just like the weather in Boston, if you don’t like it, just wait a minute: it will change. However true this perspective on emotion might be, there is a caveat: if you or anyone in the room with you has never had the opportunity through therapy, or meditation, or perhaps an athletic or artistic practice to experience the truth of the changeability of emotion, you cannot effectively intervene when something in the mediation process triggers a difficult emotion.