#100 - Sam Harris, Ph.D.: COVID-19:Comprehending the crisis and managing our emotions

  • If you understand the mechanics of your own mental suffering, if you understand how anxiety arises from the first person side. . . just actually able to witness it as a matter of experience, moment to moment, that allows you to get off the ride whenever you can remember to.
  • Itโ€™s not that you can stop negative feelings from arising, itโ€™s that you can drastically shorten the amount of time it takes to untether yourself from them
  • You want to feel fear when itโ€™s appropriate and useful to feel it and you want to be able to release it the moment there is no point to it.
  • Meditation is the practice that allows you to apply breaks and get off the ride quicker.