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Heartache and Heartbreak

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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness.

Today I'm going to talk about

heartache and heartbreak.

So when we experience a great loss,

when a relationship comes to an end or

some other really tragic or difficult

event happens, we can experience a

deep and quite overwhelming pain.

And I wish I could tell you that there was

some magical technique to fix heartbreak.

But it isn't something that

we can fix just like that.

It just isn't that simple.

Healing our hearts take some time.

It's often the loss of a life that

we thought we were going to live, as

well as the heartbreak itself that we

have to kind of be with that can leave

us feeling quite lost and confused

as well as sad, anxious, or angry.

All of those emotions and

responses are really normal.

And although we may want to, to avoid

our despair and our grief, the best way

to navigate through the pain is to be

right there with it and to meet it with

gentle courage and compassion, which

is probably at times the absolute last

thing you're going to feel like doing.

It can be pretty scary and

intimidating to face strong emotions.

So you might feel like if you do

so, the pain will consume you.

You might have the urge to drown

your sorrows, numb yourself, or

distract yourself continuously.

And hey, there's nothing wrong

with a bit of indulgence or

distraction every now and then.

But if we continuously avoid our emotions,

we'll only tend to prolong them and make

things harder and harder for ourselves

in an already to be difficult time.

So as we mourn the end of a relationship

or a big loss or misfortune in our

lives, our resistance to our new

reality can create more suffering

on top of the pain we already have.

So to ease you through the grieving

of heartbreak, I'd like to offer

you these simple invitations.

One, that you rise each morning, take a

deep breath and remember to give yourself

compassion for what you're going through.

Two, that you surround yourself with

the love of good friends and family.

Three, that you take care of yourself

by getting the rest you need, eating

good food and getting out into nature,

getting some fresh air and sunshine.

And just knowing that with each passing

day, your pain will ease a little more

and you'll begin to smile and brighten

a little more, and eventually the

storm will pass as all storms do, and

the sun will come out again and shine.

So just take it one day at a time.

So as always, thank you for your

practice and your presence here with us.

And now just inviting you to

settle in for today's meditation.

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