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Innocence Is Not the Same As Naivety

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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness.

Today, I'm going to talk about the

difference between innocence and naiveté.

There is a difference.

So most people associate

innocence with naiveté.

And conventional wisdom regards innocence

is kind of belonging to children, fools

and dreamers who perhaps lack critical

thinking skills or the life experience

to know the hard truth about life.

But there is actually a

different kind of innocence.

It's an innocence that's based

on an ability to see the world

with fresh eyes every day.

An innocence that understands that the

world is always changing, that nothing

is permanent and therefore everything

and everyone is precious and deserves

to be met with an open heart and an open

mind, our mind without the overlays of

preconceptions and opinions and beliefs.

This kind of innocence also

has a lot of humility to it.

It doesn't feel that it's more

special or important than others.

It has no desire to be better than.

It's really curious rather than

critical, humble rather than hateful.

It's grounded in wisdom and compassion.

So by getting in touch with this

natural innocence that we all have, we

become better at letting go of ego and

embodying mindfulness in everyday life.

And we can do all of this

without losing our edge, without

losing our engagement in life.

We don't have to become a doormat or,

you know, lose sight of our ambitions,

but rather this kind of innocence

invites us to hold both softness and

strength together so we can live a more

wholehearted, joyful and connected life.

So the invitation for all of us

today and ongoing is, if you care

to, if you resonate with this, is

just to experiment with inviting

more innocence into your life.

That may be through softening your

judgments, seeing the world with a

beginner's mind, or simply acknowledging

and appreciating the precious

people and moments of your life.

And just keep remembering that

innocence is not the same as naiveté,

that innocence is not a weakness.

It's a strength.

As always, thank you for your

practice and you presence here.

And let's settle in

for today's meditation.

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