When I am meditating and thoughts/emotions arise, I spend some time with them before I return back to my breath. I’m not pretending to be some good little angel
I’m trying to be the full authentic me; so I look at my wild, crazy, lusty, aggressive, fearful thoughts. I feel them. They are part of me. In giving them some attention it seems to allow them to deflate, to weaken. It’s a slow process, but I feel more authentic and complete.