A. If you struggle with vengeful thoughts during meditation, your meditation is not going well. Such an illusion as the idea of revenge could not penetrate your mind if your meditation was going well. You should be free from such illusions at least during your meditation if it were going well.
Let me tell you two ways to cope with the thoughts of revenge plaguing you; one is to replace such thoughts with a koan, Zen question as soon as they come to you and the other is to trace them back to the root from which they come instead of struggling to remove or stop them. When you feel such bad memories in the same way that you remember your dreams from the previous night, your healing is complete.
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1 thought on “Q. During meditation, I think repeatedly of revenge against someone who previously wronged me. Is this part of the process of healing? How do we come to know that healing is complete?”
This practice could be applied to one’s harboring feelings of self-hatred… or regret. Trace the feelings back, then forgive… to forgive our selves and forgive others is essential to peace. This is different from burying the pain, fear, or anger. If we forgive, the memories will fade without effort.