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Reparenting Yourself

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Hi, welcome back to your Daily Mindfulness. In today's session, we're going to talk about how to reparent yourself. So when you come into the world as a child, you're not equipped with the resources to navigate your emotions, the thoughts that might arise, different experiences that you might have. There's no shortage of those experiences, but we rely on caregivers, our parents, our guardians to help model for us what relating to those experiences might look like. And we also rely on our guardians, caregivers, parents to become a point of stability for us so that we can express ourselves, but still experience a sense of love, security, and safety.

Of course, sometimes that doesn't always work out in our favor and our parents might be on their own journey. Our guardians, caregivers might be on their own journey. And all of that can create a complicated relationship in childhood where we don't really feel like we have the security and the safety that we needed in order to feel safe within ourselves. And just because we didn't get that in childhood doesn't mean we can't develop that into adulthood. This is one of the things that we're learning about mindfulness and meditation is that it actually helps you develop an inner point of safety of stability, a home base of sort, that sort of serves as the same role that a parent might serve to a child in early years.

This is the part of you that you're connecting to in meditation known as awareness. The part of you that is able to observe your experience without being consumed by the experience. And if you think about it in a similar way as a caregiver might hold space for a child, what we're doing in meditation is holding space for the different thoughts, the different emotions, the different sensations that arise, but we're doing it with a quality of curiosity, love, compassion, and stability. We're not beating ourselves up when something goes wrong and we're not chastising ourselves for having a certain emotion. We just sort of rest back and go, it's okay.

Just another experience. And if we were lucky, we might've gotten that in childhood, this communication that you can have these different experiences and you're still worthy and you're still, you're still safe, you're still loved. But if we didn't have that, we can start to create that for ourselves. So you're already doing this as part of your meditation practice, but this might give you a little bit more of an understanding of how your meditation practice is creating that relationship to yourself, especially that child within yourself that we all have, and all always will have. When you find yourself experiencing different things in your meditation, see if you can take that position of the steady parent.

Someone who's there, that will love you regardless of what's happening. That says, it's okay to have these thoughts, it's okay to have these emotions, it's okay to have these experiences. That's how we develop an inner quality of peace and an inner quality of grounded-ness and security. Thank you for your practice. Let's settle in for today's meditation.

Cory Muscara

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Reparenting Yourself

Personalized support for learning how to integrate mindfulness into your life. Delivered fresh everyday by our world renowned experts. Choose meditation duration:

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Hi, welcome back to your Daily Mindfulness. In today's session, we're going to talk about how to reparent yourself. So when you come into the world as a child, you're not equipped with the resources to navigate your emotions, the thoughts that might arise, different experiences that you might have. There's no shortage of those experiences, but we rely on caregivers, our parents, our guardians to help model for us what relating to those experiences might look like. And we also rely on our guardians, caregivers, parents to become a point of stability for us so that we can express ourselves, but still experience a sense of love, security, and safety.

Of course, sometimes that doesn't always work out in our favor and our parents might be on their own journey. Our guardians, caregivers might be on their own journey. And all of that can create a complicated relationship in childhood where we don't really feel like we have the security and the safety that we needed in order to feel safe within ourselves. And just because we didn't get that in childhood doesn't mean we can't develop that into adulthood. This is one of the things that we're learning about mindfulness and meditation is that it actually helps you develop an inner point of safety of stability, a home base of sort, that sort of serves as the same role that a parent might serve to a child in early years.

This is the part of you that you're connecting to in meditation known as awareness. The part of you that is able to observe your experience without being consumed by the experience. And if you think about it in a similar way as a caregiver might hold space for a child, what we're doing in meditation is holding space for the different thoughts, the different emotions, the different sensations that arise, but we're doing it with a quality of curiosity, love, compassion, and stability. We're not beating ourselves up when something goes wrong and we're not chastising ourselves for having a certain emotion. We just sort of rest back and go, it's okay.

Just another experience. And if we were lucky, we might've gotten that in childhood, this communication that you can have these different experiences and you're still worthy and you're still, you're still safe, you're still loved. But if we didn't have that, we can start to create that for ourselves. So you're already doing this as part of your meditation practice, but this might give you a little bit more of an understanding of how your meditation practice is creating that relationship to yourself, especially that child within yourself that we all have, and all always will have. When you find yourself experiencing different things in your meditation, see if you can take that position of the steady parent.

Someone who's there, that will love you regardless of what's happening. That says, it's okay to have these thoughts, it's okay to have these emotions, it's okay to have these experiences. That's how we develop an inner quality of peace and an inner quality of grounded-ness and security. Thank you for your practice. Let's settle in for today's meditation.

Cory Muscara

4.6

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