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Melli O'Brien



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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness.

Today, I'm going to talk about

how we can use the awareness of

space as a mindfulness practice.

So as we go about daily life, we

tend to constantly pay attention

to things and to objects.

So we give our focus to our possessions,

our body, our thoughts, other people,

activities and achievements, and more.

But very rarely, if ever, do we stop

to recognize and appreciate the space

that allows all objects to be, the

silent vessel that holds all of the

ever-changing forms in the universe.

Space allows everything

to exist and unfold.

Now we may think of space as just an

empty nothingness, but it holds its own

aliveness, its own mystery, its own power.

So by shifting our focus from the

objects in space to the space in

which those objects appear, we can

often tap into the still and spacious

awareness at the heart of who we are.

We can catch a glimpse of this

spacious and timeless awareness by

noticing things like the brief pause

in between the exhale and the inhale.

The brief pause in between sounds,

just allowing our attention

to linger there for a moment.

Or being attentive to the spaces in

between thoughts during meditation.

In those spaces within you, there is

always this unchanging field of awareness

itself, never altered by the thoughts

or experiences passing through it.

So whenever possible, sensing into

that still, ever present awareness.

Everything that changes has an unchanging

spaciousness allowing it to be.

And when we sense into that, where logic

and language may fail, we might sense

something sacred in that still space.

We can also enjoy moments of pause

in our lives, moments when there's

a space in between activity.

So there's a pause in the doing

sometimes when one thing ends

before another thing begins.

Moments when the house is

quiet, there's nothing to do.

So instead of filling those moments

with more stuff and more doing,

we can just see what it's like to

lean into that stillness and space.

Just enjoying some

space to just simply be.

Practicing in these ways, we can let the

awareness of space and stillness anchor

us more fully in the depths of who we are.

So that's the invitation for practice

today, if this resonates with you, if

it's something that you'd like to try.

Just inviting a spacious awareness into

your day, seeing what effect it has on

your body, your mind, and your life.

All the best with the practice and as

always, thank you for your practice.

Let's settle in now

for today's meditation.

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