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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness.

Today, I'm going to explore how

we can be truly living, or we

can be just lost in thought.

So as we go about our daily life,

we tend to miss so many moments

because we're lost in a haze of

distraction and wondering thoughts.

So we might be sitting having a cup

of tea, but we don't actually taste

it because we're thinking about our

to-do list or our holiday plans.

And when we're talking to someone,

maybe we don't truly listen

because our mind is elsewhere.

Then even when we are on holidays laying

there in the sun, we don't really feel

the warmth of the sun on our skin or

hear the crashing waves because we're

worrying about something or we're

lost in a mind that won't stop racing.

Now if we're not careful, we end

up missing out on the actual living

of our lives because we're lost

in such a trance of thinking.

Mindfulness gently wakes us back up

again, reminding us over and over

again to inhabit our actual lives.

It teaches us by direct experience that

nothing is more important than being

awake to the unfolding experience of now.

That's what we crave at the deepest level.

We crave the experience

of being fully alive.

So mindful living is really about

this constant remembering to wake up

from the dream of thought and be fully

alive to what's happening right now.

Mindfulness is not a forceful

push back into the present moment.

It's really not hard work.

It's just this very gentle

invitation to come home to ourselves.

So we just choose to

let go of distraction.

Let go of being lost in

the trance of thinking.

And instead we just re-arrive

in the here and now.

So today's invitation is simple.

Just make an intention to keep gently

choosing to let go of being lost in

thought and come home to the now.

Just doing that as many

times as you can today.

Gently let go of distraction and

focusing again and again on being

alive in the present moment.

So with that let's settle

in for today's meditation.

And as always, thank you for your

practice and your presence here with us.

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