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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness.

Today, we're going to talk about times

when inner practices might not be the

most effective thing and when you might

be better off focusing on external action.

So sometimes our tools for inner work

just aren't enough on their own, or they

aren't quite matched to the particular

challenge you're finding yourself in.

Maybe you tried mindfully accepting

a situation or sat to meditate with

difficult feelings, tried to find

the learning in the middle of it all

and yet you're still feeling anxious,

furious, unworthy, or overwhelmed.

So what can you do in these situations?

Now sometimes it really helps

just to have a change of scene.

You know, to take some kind

of action to shift your focus.

Instead of just sitting there and stewing

in your own feelings, maybe you could,

for instance, get out of the house, call

a friend, do something to blow off some

steam that's healthy, like punching a

punching bag, doing weights or jogging.

You could do some cooking or a hobby,

or even just watch TV for a while.

If you go somewhere, try to go to a place

that really feeds your soul, like a park

or the ocean, riverside or a garden.

And if you're facing really difficult

feelings, you know, at some point you

will probably still have to come back

and engage with your inner world if

there's something that needs resolving.

But there is also a place for just

changing things on the external

level for a while, so that you

can kind of change your state

and get a little bit of a reset.

It can really help us to get unstuck

from our inner loop sometimes and make

us feel more empowered and settled again.

Now, of course, if we tip too far into

changing external things instead of

facing difficult feelings, we can start

suppressing them or avoiding them ongoing.

So we don't want to do that

because avoiding feelings in the

long run only amplifies them,

makes them stay around longer.

But, sometimes what we really

need in order just to shift our

state and feel more empowered is

just a simple change of scene.

Life gets hard sometimes.

And we all struggle sometimes.

So just encouraging you to do

whatever you need to do in those

times to support yourself, be kind

to yourself, bring back some balance,

presence and grounding again.

As always thank you for your

practice and your presence here.

And let's settle in for meditation now.

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