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A Hack to Unwind a Busy Mind

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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness. Today, I'm going to talk about a secret hack to unwind a busy mind. And this is kind of important because, you know, there are some days when we sit down to meditate and the mind is really calm. And then there are other days, sometimes the mind is just really active, unruly, or full of thoughts that are really pulling at our attention. Now on days like this, we can use a practice called anapana.

Anapana is a Pali word meaning mindfulness of breathing. I really love this practice. I really appreciate it on these busy days. So what you do is you find one place in the body to rest your attention on the feeling of the breath. And that might be the tip of the nose, belly, chest.

And as we breathe in, we mentally note to ourselves, breathing in. And as we breathe out, we mentally note, breathing out. And as we keep doing that with each breath, it's really a way to anchor the mind in present moment experience. So the breathing here is totally normal. There's no special way to breathe, but we're just using this mental noting as a really helpful technique to steady and settle the mind.

The wonderful thing about this practice is that we can use it, not just in the meditation, but in daily life too. And whenever you feel stressed or anxious, or the mind is just racing at a million miles an hour, you can return to this more centered and present space of mind by using anapana. Breathing in. Breathing out. As Danna Faulds says in her poem, Birthright, you know, "there is a place inside where stillness and abiding peace reside.

And you can ride the breath to go there." So we'll give this a try in today's meditation. So inviting you to now settle in for that, but also just remembering that as you go about your day today, anapana is always accessible to you. It's just one mindful breath away. As always, thank you for your practice.

Melli O'Brien

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A Hack to Unwind a Busy Mind

Personalized support for learning how to integrate mindfulness into your life. Delivered fresh everyday by our world renowned experts. Choose meditation duration:

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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness. Today, I'm going to talk about a secret hack to unwind a busy mind. And this is kind of important because, you know, there are some days when we sit down to meditate and the mind is really calm. And then there are other days, sometimes the mind is just really active, unruly, or full of thoughts that are really pulling at our attention. Now on days like this, we can use a practice called anapana.

Anapana is a Pali word meaning mindfulness of breathing. I really love this practice. I really appreciate it on these busy days. So what you do is you find one place in the body to rest your attention on the feeling of the breath. And that might be the tip of the nose, belly, chest.

And as we breathe in, we mentally note to ourselves, breathing in. And as we breathe out, we mentally note, breathing out. And as we keep doing that with each breath, it's really a way to anchor the mind in present moment experience. So the breathing here is totally normal. There's no special way to breathe, but we're just using this mental noting as a really helpful technique to steady and settle the mind.

The wonderful thing about this practice is that we can use it, not just in the meditation, but in daily life too. And whenever you feel stressed or anxious, or the mind is just racing at a million miles an hour, you can return to this more centered and present space of mind by using anapana. Breathing in. Breathing out. As Danna Faulds says in her poem, Birthright, you know, "there is a place inside where stillness and abiding peace reside.

And you can ride the breath to go there." So we'll give this a try in today's meditation. So inviting you to now settle in for that, but also just remembering that as you go about your day today, anapana is always accessible to you. It's just one mindful breath away. As always, thank you for your practice.

Melli O'Brien

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