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Hi Sangha, in my breath meditation I've reached the point where I can count 10 breaths without too much problem. Actually I can count much higher if I try. This may sound like boasting except for one thing: I still experience plenty of negative emotions in my daily life. Anxiety, irritability, and greed are major stars on the stage of my daily consciousness, also ignorance and delusion must be lurking in the wings somewhere as well. I can be perfectly mindful and serene for a period of several hours, dealing admirably with coworkers and other people, but then some silly event (e.g. inability to find a parking spot, some criticism from a close relation) can set my mind off into spasms of vexation that destroy my mindfulness and take hours to die down. I thought I was getting over this!
So I'm wondering, when do the benefits of meditation actually begin to trickle down into daily life?