We might also ask, Given my present situation, how
long should I stay with uncomfortable feelings? This is
a good question, yet there is no right answer. We simply
get accustomed to coming back to the present just
as it is for a second, for a minute, for an hour—whatever
is currently natural—without its becoming an endurance
trial. Just pausing for two to three breaths is a perfect
way to stay present. This is a good use of our life.
Indeed, it is an excellent, joyful use of our life. Instead
of getting better and better at avoiding, we can learn
to accept the present moment as if we had invited it,
and work with it instead of against it, making it our ally
rather than our enemy.
From Taking the Leap, page 50