DAY 26: AN INTERVIEW WITH Mark Epstein
Mindfulness and the ego - getting out of our own way
LISTEN TO INTERVIEW AUDIO ONLY BELOW
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Mind Life Project Bonus Content:
20 min relaxing breath meditation
by Elise Bialylew
*click play to listen to the meditation
In this video you’ll learn:
- What is mindfulness and how does it improve our psychological health
- What is the ego and how does mindfulness help us be more free from the negative effects of the ego
- What is a source of much of our suffering and how do we reduce it's impact on our lives
- When should we turn to meditation versus medication for psychological difficulties - are they mutually exclusive?
- What is the relationship between meditation and psychotherapy - do they work well together?
Nourishing yourself with appreciation
Today we bring lovingkindness to ourselves through letter writing.
It can be easy to acknowledge the good in others but today take some time to think about the good within yourself. Try this practice with a playful, light hearted attitude.
Write a letter to yourself as if you were writing to a friend to acknowledge what you most value and admire about them.
Start the letter with “Dear [insert your own name]”.
Set a timer for five minutes and let your pen flow.
Write about the strengths you most value about yourself, moments of generosity, courage, forgiveness, or times you moved out of your comfort zone in order to expand and grow. Write as if you were writing to a friend to let them know how grateful you are to have them in your life and to let them know what you admire about them.
As you write, be mindful of any thoughts, feelings or body sensations that come up from moment to moment. Notice any resistance to doing this practice or any skepticism. Remember it’s just an experiment and an opportunity to explore what it’s like to bring kindness to yourself, so try it out with an open mind and playful heart and see what you discover.
Keep this letter and refer back to it from time to time to support your daily diet of positive emotions and wellbeing.
Share what you noticed about doing this practice in the private Facebook group.
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