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Listening to Ourselves

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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness.

Today I'm going to talk about mindfulness

as a form of listening to ourselves.

So when we're sitting down to meditate,

what we really are training in is this

learning to listen to ourselves, and

not only our thoughts and feelings,

but we're also learning to listen to

deeper dimensions of ourselves as well.

You know so often I think, you know,

when we sit to meditate, we kind of

get this idea that we need to get

into some special state or that we

need to make something happen, or we

might have an agenda that we'd like

to have a big breakthrough or insight.

But actually what we're aiming to

do is to relax and get comfortable

with listening to, or witnessing the

mind just as it is in that moment.

So listening to ourselves in

this way, means we have this

open and curious awareness that's

free of expectations or agendas.

We're simply curious, attentive to

thoughts and feelings as they arise

and we're deeply in touch with our own

experience of what the mind is, who we

are and what's happening in the moment.

There's a kind of aliveness to it all.

The thing I love about this is that

listening is actually a really relaxing

state to be in because we can just let

go of our agendas and desires and just

open ourselves to what's already here

rather than trying to get somewhere else.

It's very receptive and relaxed.

So through listening in this way,

we're giving the mind and ourselves

space to be just as we are, space

to be known and seen and understood.

So if we can get comfortable with this

idea of meditation, simply being a

way of listening to ourselves, free

from expectations, then clarity,

insight, and peace of mind naturally

are going to emerge in their own time.

And in the meantime, we can just kick

back, relax, open up, and enjoy listening

to the pulse of life that's happening,

both within us and all around us.

So as always, thank you for your

practice and your presence here with us.

And now let's settle in

for today's meditation.

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