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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness. Today we're going to talk about how awareness already exists here and now. And this is an important point to get, because what we're talking about here is probably one of the biggest challenges in practicing mindfulness. Whether we're at the beginning of practicing mindfulness, whether we're more experienced, and even if we've been practicing for decades. The reason this is tricky is because you see, we often have such a strong impulse to get to a particular result in meditation, right, to make something happen, to really strive, to get to a particular state of being or change or improve something.

But mindfulness is awareness, training and awareness is always already here. We're simply just becoming attentive to that fact instead of being so caught up in the mind. We don't need to do anything to make awareness happen. It's already here. We can't fix awareness.

We can't make it better. We can't change it. There's really nothing we can add to it. So there really is nothing we need to do with awareness. We simply notice it.

So what we are gradually learning in mindfulness training is actually how to let go of the mind's habit of doing, of trying to fix, solve, change plan, push, and strive so that we can actually release all of that and make room to experience what's already here, what's always been here. So in the practice, we just gently, patiently and persistently keep noticing whenever the mind leaves awareness, gets caught up in that doing mode again. And then we practice letting go into non-doing, into just being and into noticing that awareness already exists. It's right here and now. We can never lose it.

It's always with us. Awareness always already exists and mindfulness is coming home to that knowing. So we'll be exploring this a little more in today's meditation. So I invite you to settle in for that practice. And as always thank you for your practice and your presence here with us.

Melli O'Brien

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Awareness Already Exists

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 we're going to talk about how awareness already exists here and now. And this is an important point to get, because what we're talking about here is probably one of the biggest challenges in practicing mindfulness. Whether we're at the beginning of practicing mindfulness, whether we're more experienced, and even if we've been practicing for decades. The reason this is tricky is because you see, we often have such a strong impulse to get to a particular result in meditation, right, to make something happen, to really strive, to get to a particular state of being or change or improve something.

But mindfulness is awareness, training and awareness is always already here. We're simply just becoming attentive to that fact instead of being so caught up in the mind. We don't need to do anything to make awareness happen. It's already here. We can't fix awareness.

We can't make it better. We can't change it. There's really nothing we can add to it. So there really is nothing we need to do with awareness. We simply notice it.

So what we are gradually learning in mindfulness training is actually how to let go of the mind's habit of doing, of trying to fix, solve, change plan, push, and strive so that we can actually release all of that and make room to experience what's already here, what's always been here. So in the practice, we just gently, patiently and persistently keep noticing whenever the mind leaves awareness, gets caught up in that doing mode again. And then we practice letting go into non-doing, into just being and into noticing that awareness already exists. It's right here and now. We can never lose it.

It's always with us. Awareness always already exists and mindfulness is coming home to that knowing. So we'll be exploring this a little more in today's meditation. So I invite you to settle in for that practice. And as always thank you for your practice and your presence here with us.

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