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The Nature of Awareness

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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness. Today, we're going to explore the nature of awareness. And so in training in mindfulness, we're training in awareness. And so sometimes when we're talking about training in awareness, we talk about trying to have a non-judgmental awareness, a non-reactive awareness, an accepting awareness or a kindly awareness. But the reality is, is that awareness already is inherently non-judgemental because it's totally free from mental commentary.

And it can't be anything but nonreactive and accepting because it's completely free from preference, agenda or bias. And it's already innately benevolent. Awareness is this space that allows everything to exist, to live and to be known to its very being. It allows everything. So non-judgment, acceptance and kindness are the very nature of awareness.

Awareness is the observer and the space in which everything flows through. So you see, where sometimes mindfulness is thought of in a way that we're kind of trying to train awareness to be non-judgmental, accepting, and kindly, that's not really a bad thing because those things can be kind of helpful pointers, helpful directions to begin with. But it's also important to see and understand that awareness can't be anything but those things. Awareness doesn't have any opinion, doesn't have any agenda, does not have any preference. Awareness doesn't judge, criticize or want anything different than it already is.

It doesn't reject anything. It simply witnesses and allows everything. So I think this is a wonderful thing to really know, and really get. That, what we're doing in mindfulness is that we're not training to try and make awareness something more than it already is in any way. So we don't need to try and control or improve it.

We're simply learning to abide in the fullness and wholeness of awareness, just as it is. We're learning to relax within it, to bathe in its beautiful qualities. So just knowing that the more we do that, the more awareness takes up residence inside us and then flows not only through our meditation, but into our days and eventually into our whole lives. So with that in mind, let's begin to settle in for today's meditation. And as always thank you for your practice and your presence here with us.

Melli O'Brien

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The Nature of Awareness

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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness. Today, we're going to explore the nature of awareness. And so in training in mindfulness, we're training in awareness. And so sometimes when we're talking about training in awareness, we talk about trying to have a non-judgmental awareness, a non-reactive awareness, an accepting awareness or a kindly awareness. But the reality is, is that awareness already is inherently non-judgemental because it's totally free from mental commentary.

And it can't be anything but nonreactive and accepting because it's completely free from preference, agenda or bias. And it's already innately benevolent. Awareness is this space that allows everything to exist, to live and to be known to its very being. It allows everything. So non-judgment, acceptance and kindness are the very nature of awareness.

Awareness is the observer and the space in which everything flows through. So you see, where sometimes mindfulness is thought of in a way that we're kind of trying to train awareness to be non-judgmental, accepting, and kindly, that's not really a bad thing because those things can be kind of helpful pointers, helpful directions to begin with. But it's also important to see and understand that awareness can't be anything but those things. Awareness doesn't have any opinion, doesn't have any agenda, does not have any preference. Awareness doesn't judge, criticize or want anything different than it already is.

It doesn't reject anything. It simply witnesses and allows everything. So I think this is a wonderful thing to really know, and really get. That, what we're doing in mindfulness is that we're not training to try and make awareness something more than it already is in any way. So we don't need to try and control or improve it.

We're simply learning to abide in the fullness and wholeness of awareness, just as it is. We're learning to relax within it, to bathe in its beautiful qualities. So just knowing that the more we do that, the more awareness takes up residence inside us and then flows not only through our meditation, but into our days and eventually into our whole lives. So with that in mind, let's begin to settle in for today's meditation. And as always thank you for your practice and your presence here with us.

Melli O'Brien

4.7

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