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Unlearning Who We Are

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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness.

Today I'm going to talk

about unlearning who we are.

So the process of mindfulness isn't

about collecting new definitions

and stories about who we are, but

rather it's about letting them go.

It's not about possessing more

knowledge about ourselves.

It's about knowing who we are beyond

or beneath or all mental concepts.

And it's not really about learning,

but rather it's about unlearning.

So there's a lot here in this reflection.

And I think one of the challenges

we sometimes have when it comes

to mindfulness is that it runs

really counter to so much of

how we approach everyday life.

Usually if we want to reach a goal,

we set about collecting as much

information as we can and then we

kind of take the steps to get there.

But in meditation, we're training

in letting go of any particular

goal, any particular agenda.

And we're letting go of the habit

of seeing life through all the

mental stories we make about it.

In meditation, we let go of the past, we

let go of the future, we let go of our

attachment to mental commentary, and we

simply open ourselves to this moment.

We open to it.

We appreciate it.

We're curious about it and

we let everything else go.

So this kind of learning is more about

a familiarization with what it feels

like to be in that state of being.

It's getting to know who we are beyond

all the stories and judgments in the mind.

So it's different to normal learning.

If anything, it's unlearning.

It's putting down our self-judgment, our

beliefs, every concept, and every thought

and opinion we had about ourselves.

And in doing that, we open the

way to experiencing freedom and

wholeness of who you already are.

So with that in mind, let's

settle in for today's practice.

And as always thank you for your

practice and your presence here with us.

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