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Letting Go of Labels

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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness.

So today we're going to talk about

letting go of the labels that we

have for ourselves and learning to

abide in a deeper sense of self.

So what do I mean by letting go of labels?

Well, we often define ourselves by a

whole bunch of mental concepts and ideas

about who we are and what that means.

You know, we have a name, a personal

history and a story that we often

relate to ourselves through.

We might see ourselves as

a success or a failure.

We might see ourselves as confident

or shy, lucky, or unlucky,

boring, easygoing, or fun.

We might judge ourselves to be a smart

person, a poor person, a member of

a certain religion country or sex.

And we have concepts

about the roles we play.

We're a mother, a brother, a

provider, a partner or so on.

And we have this conditioning about what

we're supposed to do in those roles,

what are the expectations and such.

So we create this conceptual sense

of self, this identity ongoing.

And even when we start to meditate,

we might start to create a new

identity around this idea of being

a meditator and you know what that's

supposed to look like or mean.

But mindfulness is not about creating

a new identity on that level.

Through mindfulness, we gradually unwind

the habit of only defining ourselves

through this conceptual sense of identity.

You know, through the labels we wear

our - job titles, our achievements.

In meditation, we let go of all of

that and we learn to abide in the

direct felt sense of who we are.

We become curious about it.

We open to it.

And we learn to know our deeper nature

that's there prior to concepts and ideas.

And we're learning to gradually take up

residence in that deeper sense of self

and the qualities that come with it,

like calm wisdom and inner strength.

And in this way, we live

with a greater sense of inner

freedom, lightness and ease.

So as much as possible we're aiming

not to get fixated on ideas of who

we should be, must be, want to be

or who anybody else wants us to be.

But instead it is quietly and

confidently abiding in who we really are.

So thank you for your practice

and your presence here today.

And so now I'm just inviting you to

settle in for today's meditation.

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