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Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There

Melli O'Brien



Melli O'Brien



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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness.

Today, I'm going to talk about probably

one of the greatest, if not the greatest,

challenge with meditation, and that

is actually disciplining ourselves

to get it done on a regular basis.

Because let's face it, on some

days we wake up and, you know, we

just feel like doing meditation.

We feel like sitting for meditation.

There's an ease about it.

And then there's other days

when it's a bit of a struggle

to get ourselves to do it.

You know, maybe we tell ourselves we're

too tired, we've got too much to do.

We don't feel like it because maybe

we're sad or stressed or anxious.

And we don't want to sit

with all of that stuff.

But all of the excuses that come up in the

mind really are just the mind telling us

stories about why not to do the practice.

And if we can get used to just hearing

those stories, but simply going

and doing some meditation anyway,

then I believe this will represent

one of the biggest turning points

you'll ever have in your practice.

So often in life, we succumb

to the stories in the mind.

We get hijacked by emotions

and they pull us off course.

Whether we need to do some exercise,

eat healthier, or spend more quality

time with our loved ones, the mind very

often talks us out of very nourishing

and life affirming choices and lures as

towards the path of least resistance.

But when we make the deliberate choice

to go and meditate, despite what the

mind is saying or what we're feeling, we

start building this capacity to live with

more intentionality and more purpose.

Just that one daily decision can begin

to change the course of your life.

So even the choice to just practice

no matter what can be a powerful

mindfulness practice in and of itself.

So the next time your mind is telling

you why you should skip your meditation

today, try taking a pause for a moment

and just pondering, remembering why

you do meditation, why it's important

to you, what benefits you experience

when you do practice, what qualities

you're trying to cultivate in your life

and why this really matters to you.

Every time you connect with your own

deepest intentions and purpose, you make

it easier to make the choice to sit and

practice and you build the mental muscle

to choose to live life on your terms.

So I'm going to guide you a little

more today on this theme of intentional

living in today's meditation.

So I invite you to settle in for that now.

And as always thank you for your

practice and your presence here with us.

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