DAY 5: Dr Elise Bialylew interviews Tara Brach
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Your meditation for today
Opening our hearts by Tara Brach
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Mindfulness Of Thoughts with Elise Bialylew
MINDFULNESS OF THOUGHTS
Today I want to introduce you to the “mindfulness of thoughts” meditation practice.
For those of you who are new to today's practice, "mindfulness of thoughts", this meditation can be tricky when you begin. We don’t often observe our thoughts as they cascade through our mind. More often, we just get lost in them as they carry us off into their compelling, but not necessarily factual, story lines.
In my book, The Happiness Plan, I make the analogy of relating to thoughts like bubbles – transient entities that appear and disappear in the space of the mind. But we don’t always allow our thoughts to just float past; instead, we get fixated on them, allowing them undue influence on our behaviour.
We can easily become absorbed by the story of our thoughts, and lose touch with the fact that they are only representations of reality.
A regular mindfulness practice helps us recognise our thoughts simply as thoughts, and so we avoid falling into the unhelpful stories that the mind creates which increase our suffering. We are reminded that while thoughts are real, they are not always true.
So today, practise the “mindfulness of thoughts” meditation as a way of beginning to develop this new understanding and relationship to your thoughts. This is an advanced practice and it usually takes time before you get the hang of it, so don't be hard on yourself if, the first few times you use it you feel a bit confused about what you're meant to be doing!
Remember you can always share your meditation questions in the Facebook group!
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