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Hey, welcome back to

your Daily Mindfulness.

In today's session.

We're going to talk about why

98% is hard, but 100% is easy.

So there's a freedom and flow that

comes when we're 100% committed to

something without doubt or hindrance.

All of our energy can be directed

full, fully, without question.

The mind states of doubt and

hesitation are, on the other hand,

often exhausting and draining.

And so I remember the first two months

of this extended retreat I did when I

was in Burma, I was only 98% committed.

Committed enough to get to the monastery,

to commit to an extended silent retreat.

I knew I wanted to be there, but

I still had some doubt about the

teachings and my teacher and whether

or not this was the right place for

me, or I could do it for six months.

Then after a certain point, I just

surrendered and decided I'm just going

to trust the process and went 100% in.

And immediately after making that

mindset shift of going from 98% to a

hundred percent, there was more energy

in my day, I was more excited about

the meditation, my concentration and

awareness deepened substantially.

I felt more free.

I was at ease and.

I just, I felt like a superhuman.

And this idea comes from

one of my mentors, Peter

Cook, who says, 98% is hard.

100% is easy.

And I'm curious maybe where you've

experienced this in your own life?

I think a relationship

can be one of those.

When we're like kind of in and out

of a relationship, 98% in, 97% in.

We're almost fully there,

but not quite there.

That extra percentage point or

two makes the full difference.

Once we commit full on

energy flows easily.

We don't question ourselves.

We're not caught up in

states of doubt, uncertainty.

Those mind states, that

wavering can be exhausting.

And I know I'm certainly someone

that's had a lot of familiarity with

that at certain points in my life.

And I have a lot of

respect for those states.

It's, I'm not saying that we need

to jump 100% in to every decision

just for the sake of commitment.

I do think it's important to,

to question, to think about

and to tread lightly at times.

But if you've been in that space for a

while, it might be worth considering that

it's that extra two percentage points that

really makes the difference, that really

allows the energy of your life to flow.

And what would it be like to

surrender to that, to say I'm 100% in.

In my experience, so much of the

goodness that we're looking for

follows from that commitment.

So take from this, what you will.

Notice in your life where maybe

you have a hundred percent

commitment to something, where you

have 98% commitment to something.

And how does it feel to

be a hundred percent in?

How does it feel to be 98% in?

And what would, what would be

required to go from 98 to 100%?

I'll talk to you more in the meditation.

Thanks for your practice and take care.

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