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Cultivate Inner Peace

Cory Muscara






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Cultivate Inner Peace

In this meditation, we'll practice developing a quality of peace that can exist independent of what is going on around us.

Let's start by finding

a comfortable posture.

This could be sitting,

standing or lying down.

If it's okay, you can close your eyes.

And we'll take a deep breath together.

In through the nose.

And slowly out through the mouth.

Inviting the jaw to soften.

Letting the shoulders relax.

And allowing the belly and

the hands to be at ease.

Remember, we're dropping into

a relaxed, open awareness.

Letting the breath fall back

into its natural rhythm.

And just take a few minutes to

settle your attention on the breath.

Notice all the ways that it wanders off

and redirect the attention back to the

breath, like a bicep curl for your brain.

In this meditation, we're talking

about cultivating an inner peace.

A kind of piece that can exist even when

there's discomfort or the moment isn't

perfectly matching how we want it to be.

To help with this, we're going to

practice what I call statue meditation.

This is where we commit to being 100%

still, not moving our fingers, wiggling

our toes, or even moving our tongue.

What this does is it asks us to

be with whatever arises without

immediately trying to get away from it.

Remember, you can always move

if you feel like you need to.

And sometimes that's the

best practice of self care.

But if you feel okay trying it out,

let's just settle into a still posture.

And we're doing the same thing

where we're tuning to the breath,

letting that be our anchor point.

But as we notice the little discomforts

in the lower back, or maybe the itch

on the face, or the desire to move

the fingers, or shake the leg, we're

going to practice noticing some of

that extra energy and discomfort.

And instead of reacting

to it, take a breath.

And relax into it.

And then just gently bringing that

attention back to your breath again.

I'll give you some time

in silence to practice.

Each time you feel that urge to

move, just meet it with kindness,

take a breath, relax into it.

Cultivating an inner

peace despite the chaos.

And we'll slowly start to reorient

ourselves back into the space.

Moving the fingers, the toes.

It's now okay to move.

And you can invite the eyes

to open when you're ready.

So well done.

You did statue meditation.

We had a short dose of it, about 90

seconds, but that's a long period of time.

If you've never done stillness like that.

It can sometimes be uncomfortable,

but that's also part of the point.

We're practicing being with things that we

would typically run away from or react to.

And doing that over and over cultivates

a new kind of peace, one that not

many people get to experience.

Thank you for your practice and take care.

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