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A Mantra for Simplicity

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Hi, welcome back to

your Daily Mindfulness.

In today's session, I want to talk

about a simple perspective shift

that can help simplify the moment.

So there's a, a phrase that tends to

go around in the mindfulness space that

is: wherever you go, there you are.

You may have heard this yourself.

It's even the title of a

popular book by Jon Kabat-Zinn,

Wherever You Go, There You Are.

It came out in the

nineties, really great book.

And it's pointing to, in a

very mindfulness way, that

you are only where you are.

So if I'm here right

now, this is where I am.

If I'm in my car, that's where I am then.

When I'm at home in bed, I'm just in bed.

And the reason this is important is

because we tend to over-complicate

our life with everything that is still

to come or even just a sense of our

life and the span of our life, the

years to come, all the spaces that

we're traversing,being on a plane,

the travel we have to do next week.

All of these things that it's

very unique to being human.

This ability to, to imagine, to think

about the span of your life, to have a

sense of the orientation of your life

in time and space, what's come before,

where you are now, what is to come.

And all the, it can be exciting,

especially if the storyline of

what's to come is exciting to you.

But it can also come with a sense

of, whoa, there's a lot here.

There's a lot going on.

There's a lot to tackle.

There's a lot to work on.

There's a lot to do over the next

week, year, 10 years, 30 years.

And all of that can, can create

sometimes a feeling of anxiety or

even debilitation when it's just like,

how can I possibly do all of this?

That's where this

perspective shift comes in.

And really you can just

use it as a mantra.

Wherever I go, there.

I am.

Wherever you go, there you are.

And it's just this reminder that your

life is only happening right here.

All of that sense of the future

and the past, these are ideas that

exist in your mind, but they're not

what are in this present moment.

The span of your life, everything to

come, what has come, the felt sense of

that, yeah, all there, but kind of in

the mind, not what's here right now.

And when you take the perspective

of just, can I be wherever I am in

this moment, it just simplifies it

with the recognition of, oh, all I

can do is just be in this moment.

All I can do is respond appropriately

to the input that is arising right

now and trust that that's enough

because what is to come I can't really

control, what has already happened

is no longer mine to influence.

So where am I in this moment and what

is the best response I can bring?

Where am I now in this moment and

what is the best response I can bring?

So try this out as like a

mantra throughout the day.

Wherever I go there, I am.

See if it helps ground you

and drop you into that more

present mindfulness perspective.

Thank you for your practice.

Let's settle in for today's meditation.

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