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Regrets vs. Lessons

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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness.

Today, I'm going to talk about the

difference between regrets and lessons

and how this understanding can really

fuel your personal growth, bring more

ease and empowerment into your life.

So for me personally, one of the most

important lessons on my mindfulness

path has been learning to reframe the

way that I look back at my past errors.

So when we remember our mistakes, whether

it was a moment where we blurted out

something insensitive, a time when we

felt we really embarrassed ourselves

somehow, or a moment of reactivity or

rage, we often really beat ourselves

up for our mistakes and make ourselves

feel shame, negativity, and regret

just over and over and over again.

But doing this, we don't learn very much.

We just generate a lot of inner turmoil.

But if we can catch ourselves in those

moments and take a mindful pause, then

we can ground ourselves in presence, step

back from the painful memory and choose to

approach this memory in a whole new way.

We can choose to focus on what we would

like to learn from this experience and

who we would like to become going forward.

If we feel that we caused pain,

embarrassment or harm to another person,

we can do this practice in the spirit of

honoring them and committing to being a

better version of ourselves going forward.

You know, having better behavior.

So instead of punishing ourselves

over and over again and not

changing, we're learning and

growing for the benefit of everyone.

Now, this practice may sound deceptively

simple, but there is a transformative

power in learning to shift our perspective

from regrets to learning lessons.

This simple effort repeated again and

again, empowers us with perspective,

wisdom, and inner strength.

So I encourage you the next time

you feel the tug of regret starting

to pull you under, see if you can

pause, become present, and instead

of beating yourself up, recognize

your error as a valuable opportunity

for growth and another precious step

along your journey to awakening.

As always, thank you for your

practice and for being here with us.

Let's settle in now

for today's meditation.

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