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What to Do for the Rest of Your Life

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Hi, welcome back to

your Daily Mindfulness.

In today's session, we're going to talk

about the pressure to plan out your life.

For so many people that I work with and

even friends and family, I see a lot of

stress arise around needing to have some

sort of life vision, to know what am

I going to do for the rest of my life.

This is true for, for young people.

Of course, since a lot of

that planning is happening.

In high school, college, or just

in late teens, early twenties.

But it's also true for folks in

their thirties, forties, fifties,

sixties, and even seventies and

eighties are still wondering what do

I want to do for the rest of my life?

But that question can be quite daunting.

It's like, wow, I'm holding

my whole future self on the

shoulders of my present self.

Have you ever felt that pressure before?

I want to offer you a

reframe to that question.

Instead of what do I want to

do for the rest of my life?

Maybe ask what do I feel

inspired to explore more deeply

at this point in my life?

This second question removes the pressure

to plan your whole life in one moment.

And it also trains you to honor the ever

changing nature and truth of your being.

And when we don't give ourselves the space

to honor that we can get fixed into a

single idea for who we think we should be.

And we go in that direction and then 10

years later, we're still playing out that

narrative of this is what I should be

doing with my life without actually giving

space to, to assess who am I right now?

And what do I feel inspired

to explore more deeply?

So when you find yourself caught

in that question, what do I want

to do for the rest of my life?

What do I want to do

for the rest of my life?

See if you can just switch that.

What do I feel inspired to explore

more deeply at this point in my life?

And hopefully this removes some of the

burden of holding your entire future self

on the shoulders of your present self.

Thank you for your practice.

Let's settle in for today's meditation.

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