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Hey, welcome back to

your Daily Mindfulness.

In today's session, we're going to

talk about how to meditate better.


It's a little controversial because a

lot of what we talk about here is that

there are a lot of ways to practice.

And there's really no wrong or right

way to do it as long as we're keeping

a quality of presence and awareness

in relationship to our experience.

But there is a reframing that I've found

recently that for me, has been very

helpful for me to drop into that space

of presence that we're cultivating.

One of the things that I find can

get in the way of my meditation

practice or make it more difficult

or tense is when I get caught up

in the idea that I am meditating.

I'm the one focusing on the breath.

I'm the one watching the thoughts

and bringing it back to the breath.

I'm the one trying to be present.

Can you feel some of the ego

identification in there and also

the sense of having to do something,

a striving to get it right?

The reframing that I've been working

with lately is instead of I'm meditating,

just saying awareness is meditating.

Awareness is meditating.

I noticed what it might be like to

even inhabit that right now, even

though we're not in the meditation yet.

As you listen and as you watch,

instead of the sense that I'm the

one watching or I'm listening, what

would it be like to say, awareness

is watching, awareness is listening?

We have this other capacity within

ourselves that's not thinking, it's

not emotion, it's not sensation, it's

not even the small sense of I or me.

It sort of just watches what

is happening in the background.

We call it awareness.

Some people might call it

higher self, spirit, the soul.

For the sake of simplicity, I think

awareness captures it because it

sort of just knows what is happening

without having judgments about it,

without trying to change it or fix it.

And when it comes to our meditation

practice and really mindfulness

in general, that's the quality of

awareness that we're looking to

cultivate that capacity to just see

what is here without pushing, without

pulling, but just to simply know.

So in today's meditation, we'll explore

what it's like to inhabit that quality

of mind, where instead of I'm the one

meditating, awareness is meditating.

And you can also take this into

your day to day as an exploration.

Anytime you notice yourself getting tense

around the practice of being mindful.

As always thank you for your practice.

I'll talk to you shortly and take care.

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