Hushing the baby

I was on a plane from LA to San Francisco yesterday, and a mother and baby sat behind me.

I noticed that the baby screaming brought up empathy and recognition in me. I know how it feels. I know how it is to feel uncomfortable, to go into a tantrum. My heart opened.

I also noticed that I reacted with mentally pushing away the mother trying to hush the baby.

How do I do the same towards myself? Do I recoil from my own tendency to try to hush my tantrums? Do I exclude it from what I meet with love, and recognize as love? How is it to meet this too – my own tendency to hush myself – with love, with understanding?

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