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How to Meditate: Meditation 101 for Beginners

10 Science-Backed Benefits of Meditation

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VDM7_MOB_0003_Day 3 Becoming Non-Reactive:

Hi and welcome back to your daily Daily

Mindfulness.

Today we're going to explore what to

do with thoughts and feelings as you

meditate.

So 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 any 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 are mental events.

There are bits of language that pass

through our minds rather than something

that we have to believe in,

get caught up in and react to.

An easy way to think about

this is with an analogy.

You know, when we get caught up and

reactive to every thought that comes our

way, it's a little bit like

being a dinghy in a high seas.

We're just tossed around

at the mercy of every wave.

But if 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 our way.

So during the practice, we learned to step

back from thoughts and emotions, observing

what's going on in the mind.

And that watching of our inner 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 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

nonreactive.

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