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This is regarding how something out there might trigger something inside of us.
Let's say I go out and see a guy getting out of a fancy car. This triggers the following: Ten years ago, I squandered an opportunity. If I had taken that opportunity, I would be the guy getting out of the fancy car.
This thought immediately leads to depression, self-pity, regret, etc.
You wrestle with these emotions, suffer a lot, but eventually they fade. Life goes on ... until another day some other event triggers the same set of negative emotions. You go through the same cycle.
How do you deal with this?
Do you allow this process to take place, or do you curb it right at the start?
How does mindfulness work here - is it about merely observing this process or actively suppressing the the very first thought (that is being triggered by the event/environment)?
I think a discussion on this might be fruitful.