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Mountains and Molehills

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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness.

Today I'm going to talk about

mountains and molehills.

So of course, what I'm referring

to here is the old saying, "Don't

make mountains out of molehills."

What this saying is speaking to is the

tendency that we can sometimes have

to magnify our problems in the mind.

And it's interesting, isn't it?

Because as we move through life,

we probably all have met people who

seem to make a really big deal out

of things while other people are just

not really bothered by much at all,

nothing really ruffles their feathers.

One person might miss the train and

simply wait peacefully for the next one.

Whereas the next person become really

upset and angry in the same situation.

One person may ruminate about an

implied comment for days or weeks,

constantly speaking to others about

it, tossing and turning in the night.

Whereas another person may simply let

it go and not take it too personally.

The difference in these responses

reminds us that we do have a choice

not to let things get under our skin.

And this is really important because when

we react to all the inconveniences, the

mishaps, the incidents of daily life,

you know, the spilled food, that loud

noise, a computer glitch, if we react

to all of those, we constantly sprinkle

these feelings of frustration and stress

and negativity throughout our life.

But if we can learn to face life's little

irritations with patience and acceptance,

we greatly reduce our daily stress.

And we can cultivate this capacity through

mindfulness, which teaches us how to meet

the present moment just as it is, and to

wage peace with it, and then work with it.

And with practice over time, we build our

capacity to stay calm, non-reactive and

mentally strong for the bigger things,

like a loss, an illness, or a heartbreak.

So the invitation for today and ongoing

is the next time you have a lunch date

that doesn't show up, end up in a traffic

jam or your grocery bag breaks and

everything falls on the floor, see if

you can pause there just for a moment,

take a slow breath and remind yourself

that you do have a choice to meet that

moment with acceptance and patience.

And when you do that, you can let go

of making a mountain out of a molehill.

And therefore let go of all the

extra stress, suffering, and

struggle that usually gets layered

on top of an already tricky moment.

Wishing you really well

with this practice.

And as always, thank you for your

practice and your presence here with us.

And let's settle in now

for today's meditation.

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