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Hi, welcome back to

your Daily Mindfulness.

In today's session, we're going

to talk about saying yes to life.

If you're like me, the word, no

can sometimes be a hard word to

share to other people and also

in relationship to our own life.

There's something that can feel

violent about saying no to something.

It's a boundary and it's important,

but it can feel like we're,

we're shutting something down.

And if our conditioning over our

life has been to maybe be kind or be

open, or now that we're getting into

mindfulness, we might think like,

Oh, I need to be less judgmental or

something, saying no can feel just

in opposition to who we want to be.

But I want to dispel that because it's

really important to remember that in

order to say yes to anything in your life,

you have to say no to something else.

Saying no is inevitable.

We do it in every single moment.

And a lot of times when we're

saying no to something, that's

the main thing we're focusing on.

The fact that we have

to shut something down.

We can't go down that path.

I can't do this thing or I can't do this

thing that this person wants me to do.

Do no, no, no, no.

And that can, that can feel overwhelming

and it can make us feel like, Oh wow.

It's just like, I turn

away from everything.

However, in each of those

moments of saying no, you can

also look at the flip side.

By saying no to that,

what did you say yes to?

What did you opt into?

What did you support?

What did you put a boundary around that

you're now allowed to go in a different

direction for something that inspires

you, that feels more aligned to you?

And so as you go about your

day, notice your relationship to

your, your yeses and your nos.

And especially if you feel like you have

a complicated relationship to know where

putting up a boundary feels difficult,

saying no to someone feels difficult.

Recognize that doing

that is also saying yes.

And instead of just focusing on

the no, really try to highlight

what is it I'm saying yes to?

And can I feel the excitement,

the enthusiasm, and the alignment

of focusing on that yes?

That might help you work through some of

the complexity around saying no to things

and having to turn away from things.

Anytime you say no,

you're also saying yes.

Make sure you're holding

that in your awareness.

Thank you for your practice.

Let's settle in for today's meditation.

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