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Befriend Yourself

Cory Muscara






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Befriend Yourself

In this meditation, we practicing befriending our experience rather than trying to transcend our experience.

Let's start by finding

a comfortable posture.

This could be sitting,

lying down or standing.

If it feels okay to do so,

you can close your eyes.

And we'll settle in together

by taking a deep breath.

In through the nose.

And slowly out through the mouth.

Inviting the jaw to soften.

The shoulders.

And the belly,

And you're letting yourself

settle into yourself.

So often we're trying to change something

about ourself in an effort to feel more

okay in our life, that there will always

be something we can change or improve.

And so as an experiment, just

see what it's like to settle into

yourself as you are right now.

The phrase that you can introduce

into your awareness is: What

if I were okay in this moment?

What if I were okay in this moment?

And just see how your mind receives that?

And if it comes easily, see if you

can settle into it even more deeply.

Becoming more at ease with the

many dimensions of who you are.

What if I were okay in this moment?

And as you dwell in this inquiry,

notice what arises for you.

And notice if there are aspects of your

experience that the mind goes, well

you're not okay because of this or this.

Or maybe it's more subtle.

It's like, yes, you're okay, but there's

still this thing you need to change.

And so, whatever that is, lurking

behind the scenes, if you can bring

that into your awareness for a few

moments, and just give it some love.

You could even say,

you're welcome here too.

I see you.

You just represent another part

of what it means to be human.

And either as a visual or a felt

sense, see if you can feel yourself

embracing that part of you.

We'll take one more deep breath together.

In through the nose.

Slowly out through the mouth.

And when you're ready, you can

invite your eyes to open again.

Great job.

The more at ease you become with

yourself, the less you need to manufacture

the world around you for comfort.

This is big work and you're on the path.

So thank you for your practice today.

I'll talk to you soon.

Until we speak again, take care.

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