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Becoming Non-Reactive

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Hi, and welcome back to

your Daily Mindfulness.

Today we're going to explore

what to do with thoughts and

feelings as you meditate.

Now one of the most common misconceptions

about mindfulness is that the goal is

to stop all your thoughts and clear

the mind, but actually mindfulness is

not about getting rid of our thoughts.

It's about changing our

relationship to them.

It's about learning to view our thoughts

from a new perspective, to notice

that they're mental events, they're

bits of language that pass through our

minds rather than something that we

have to get caught up in and react to.

So one easy way to think

about this is with an analogy.

When we're caught up in and reactive

to every thought or feeling that

comes our way it's a little bit

like being a dinghy in high seas.

Were just tossed around the

mercy of every single way.

But when we have mindful awareness, we

become like a beautiful, streamlined

yacht that glides gracefully through

the waves, our awareness keeping

us grounded, calm and at ease,

no matter what's thrown out way.

So during the practice we learn to

step back from thoughts and emotions,

observing what's going on in the mind.

And that watching about in a commentary

is the first step to releasing

ourselves from it and resting in a

deeper place within ourselves, a place

of stillness, contentment, and ease.

And with every practice we become

in this way, less reactive,

more resilient and more calm.

So for today's meditation, we're

going to practice a breath awareness

meditation but with some extra guidance

on how to work with thoughts and

feelings and become non-reactive.

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