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Hi, welcome back to

your Daily Mindfulness.

In today's session, we're going to

talk about the relationship between

your happiness and your relationships.

So one of the pushbacks on meditation

for those who are less familiar

with meditation is that it appears

to be a self centered practice.

You're sitting alone, putting all

of your attention on yourself.

Why aren't you thinking about world

issues and taking action in the world?

There seems to be a disconnect

between this inner work and perhaps

what many people would argue, where

it really counts in the world.

But I want to highlight that when you

are doing the work of becoming deeply

fulfilled, and let's just say that

meditation is a selfish practice, you're,

you're developing your own inner well

of wellbeing, fulfillment, inner safety.

When you've done that you are now much

better able to relate to other people and

your community from a place of compassion,

spaciousness, and love, and energy, and

less from a place of defensiveness, fear,

projection, subconscious manipulation.

When you need someone to be a

certain way in order for you to feel

fulfilled, well, we get caught up in

manipulating the external circumstances

so that we get that feeling.

When we have that deeper within

us, we have a little bit more

space for someone to be as they are

without it impacting us as much.

It doesn't mean that we condone what

they're doing and their actions.

But it doesn't mean that we're going to

subconsciously manipulate and control

in order to feel okay about ourselves.

And that's really important when it

comes to being in a healthy relationship

and also being in a healthy community.

So, this isn't too hard to understand

because you could think about it

also in the context of your own life.

And when you're feeling fulfilled and

happy, after a long day and you come

home, chances are you feel a little bit

more patient you're a little less edgy.

You have more bandwidth, more energy

for the people you care about.

Other days where you don't feel

fulfilled, where you feel pretty stressed

or strange, you come home, you're

going to be a little more impatient.

You're going to be a little more edgy.

You might say things like, I just need

to take time for myself, or I don't

want to talk about this right now.

We're not necessarily at our best self.

So there is a relationship between

your inner fulfillment and how you

show up for the people around you

and your community and our planet.

So if at any point you get stuck in

this idea that meditation is more of

a self-absorbed practice, I'm taking

all this time to just focus on myself,

remember it is yourself that you are

bringing to the rest of the world, to

your relationships, to your family,

to your community, to our planet.

And if you are not taking care of

that, you're not going to be able

to show up fully and effectively.

So thank you for your practice.

And let's settle in

for today's meditation.

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