Alot of emotional things can come up during meditation, resulting in added physical stress while sitting still. This is one very effective way to learn about what you feel and how your emotional and rational selves co-exist of course, is to meditate. Freudian psychology referred to this also in terms of the conflicts arising through battles between the subconscious and the ego. Conflict in the brain causes physical pain. Harmonious co-existence of our two selves is the simple result of acceptance – sometimes profound, sometimes, through exhaustion of all other options!
This video I found via the great people over at Brain Pickings, stretched my skull a little (as Alan Watts used to say). In it, psychologist Daniel Kahneman describes the phenomenon of the two selves, and how our idea of happiness is very different between the two respective experiencing and remembering selves.
My question is how strong is your conviction in general, if you can’t sit by yourself in meditation without moving for an hour, and without generating stress and anxiety that cause physical pain? What is your remembering self inflicting on your experiencing self, and why?