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How to Meditate: Meditation 101 for Beginners

10 Science-Backed Benefits of Meditation

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Blooming in the Winter

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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness.

Today we're going to talk about

how difficult times can also

be transformational times.

So there's a beautiful metaphor for

this right outside my front door.

There's a Magnolia tree out there

and it's in full bloom at the moment.

It's one of my favorite things

about winter here in Byron Bay.

Every single time I go out my front

door, it's the first thing I see.

And not only is it a beautiful tree, but

it's nature keeps teaching me a really

valuable and very timely lesson too.

Sometimes the most beautiful things

bloom in the depths of winter

when you would least expect it.

And like the beautiful flowers on this

Magnolia tree, we too often begin to

blossom with new possibilities, new

insights and greater awareness in the

midst of the winters of our lives.

You know, the challenging times,

the uncertain times, the times

when we suffer or feel lost.

Suffering and challenge, although

painful, is often also transformational.

It makes us question things.

It shakes us up.

It often wakes us up.

But it's often a really delicate time too.

So if we want to be able to flower with

new insights, wisdom, and growth, instead

of withering in the face of hardship,

we need to meet our suffering with self

compassion, gentleness and courage.

Probably the most important thing we

can do to stay strong during these hard

times is to keep caring for ourselves

and thereby galvanizing inner strength

by doing things that nourish us.

So during the winters of your life,

keep taking care of your body and mind.

Keep connecting with loved ones.

Keep meditating.

Keep doing the things that

nourish you as much as possible.

And if you can do that, you can

trust that in time, you're going to

bloom with new levels of awareness,

wisdom, and inner strength.

So thank you for your practice and

your presence here in this community.

I wish you strength and

ease in the days to come.

And now let's settle in

for today's meditation.

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