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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness.

Today, we're going to talk about

unwinding the ways in which

we sometimes limit ourselves.

So sometimes we have moments of

great inspiration or courage.

We have a new idea, or we start

thinking about a bold action.

Maybe we start thinking about a

great new project we could do or

big possibility for our lives.

Now the ideas might not

be fully formed yet.

They might just be fleeting kind of

feeling of enthusiasm as you kind

of try these ideas on for size.

But what happens next?

Sometimes, I would say for a lot of us,

we burst our own bubble way too fast

instead of encouraging ourselves and

cheering ourselves on a little bit.

So thinking about this in your own life.

Are you really quick to come in

with mental counter-arguments

to your big dreams?

Does self doubt creep right in and

start killing your buzz, telling you

how you'll never be able to do that

and all the reasons why it won't work?

Do you put out your own fire with

lists of objections and doubts?

I'm wondering, you know, for all

of us, what kind of life would be

possible if we stopped, bursting our

own bubbles so quickly and let our

heart's deepest desires and dreams

have a bit more breathing room.

Now, what would that be like?

Would you be more passionate?

More authentic?

More alive?

Would it unlock more of your potential?

In my experience, those

things are all very likely.

So the next time you find yourself

being pulled by a feeling of passion or

inspiration or your heart's longing, try

not to burst your bubble too quickly.

Just allowing yourself to

entertain the possibilities and new

directions and listen to your heart.

Now, of course, this absolutely

doesn't mean that you have to follow

everything through to completion.

You don't have to play it all out.

Some ideas are just

going to rise and pass.

But the ones that endure may have

the power to transform your life if

they're allowed to see the light of day.

Also, it's good to remind yourself

that, you know, all the wonderful human

achievements started out as crazy ideas

and then they came to life when people

followed their hearts and their dreams.

Now there's a popular anonymous

quote that sums this up nicely.

"It's impossible, said pride.

It's risky, said experience.

It's pointless, said reason.

Give it a try, whispered the heart."

So let's listen to those whispers of

the heart as we go forward in our lives.

And as always, thank you

for your practice, for being

here in this community.

And let's settle in

for today's meditation.

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