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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness.

Today, we're going to talk

about seeing beyond the stories

we have about our lives.

So a good analogy for this is to

imagine your whole life as a book.

On every page of the book, there are

words describing all kinds of experiences.

The story could be a love story,

a tragedy, a comedy, an awakening

story, a sad story, or an epic,

or a little bit of all of them.

But behind the stories, whatever

they may be, there's the paper

that allows the story to exist.

So the paper doesn't usually

get our attention because

we're immersed in the words.

It's so obvious and so essential

and yet we overlook it.

Awareness, your true nature

is very much like that paper

behind the stories of life.

You are not the mental

stories about your life.

Your memories, your achievements, your

fears, your abilities, or lack thereof.

You know, your plans, your roles, your

titles, underneath all of that you

are awareness itself, that spacious

all embracing field in which all

of those storylines are unfolding.

You know, the stories keep changing.

Pleasant words, unpleasant words,

words about suffering, words about

love, stories, about struggle,

stories about peace, stories about

death and new life, stories about

trying to find completion, wholeness.

But through all of those stories, the

paper remains there ever present and

holding the stories in its embrace.

So from the perspective of our

mind, the story of our life

seems desperately important.

We spend enormous amount of mental

energy trying to figure out how to get

our story to work out on the external

level, how we're going to fix ourselves,

how we're going to change ourselves,

we're going to solve our problems, get

our life all neat and tidy and together.

Really, we try so hard

to complete ourselves.

We all want to get the story to work

out, you know, because we're thinking

when we finally get this story to

work out, we're going to feel whole.

But from the perspective of awareness,

the story doesn't matter too much

and nothing really needs resolving

or completing on that level.

The story is accepted just as it is,

and it's allowed to be told and unfold.

Resting as awareness where

already complete and whole.

So through mindfulness, we're not

learning to just sort of fix our stories

up or complete them, but rather we're

learning to let go of those storylines,

whatever they are and touchdown on the

place inside us that's already at peace.

As always, thank you for your

practice and your presence here.

Let's settle in for today's meditation.

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