If you hold back your emotions, you’ll be stressed.
If you release your emotions, you’ll regret it.
Suppressing your feelings brings suffering.
If you release your emotions, you may feel good for a moment, but then you’ll have to face the consequences.
However, the middle way is neither holding back nor releasing your emotions.
Practice is about noticing so you are not dragged down by your habitual reaction to what is happening.
Illustration by Maseol