Making any big changes in your life (wether it's starting a good habit, quitting a bad one, or maybe just trying to be a better person) will come with setbacks.
There will be times when you go off the path. That's where developing a strong and skillful sense of self-compassion comes in.
In this episode of the podcast, I dive into this topic and how the concept of "Simply begin again" from mindfulness meditation can be applied throughout the rest of our lives.
The concept of "simply begin again" comes from mindful meditation practice. It's an important part of learning to apply less judgment to ourselves. In practice, it applies when your attention wanders, but in life, it can be an effective way to keep going when you fall off track.
Orion from Illuminating Hearts is back. In this episode we discuss mindfulness and how it can relate to recovery and emotional wellness.
You can learn more about Refuge Recovery here: https://refugerecovery.org/
Who are you?
I don't mean the collection of things you identify as. The traits and experiences you tell others to describe yourself. Who is actually in there making those decisions and telling those stories?
An interesting concept is that the voice in your head-- that internal monologue most of us have constantly rambling on-- is not you. It's a part of you... but it's not you.
We'll discuss this for the whole episode with some concepts about how to conceptualize this AND why it is helpful for your mental wellness.
Read Solve for Happy for yourself: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30354426-solve-for-happy
Are you familiar with the term Mettā (Loving kindness)?
The last few mornings I have incorporated this into my morning meditation and it always triggers such an expansive, open, joyful feeling of love. I cry too. Every time ?. It’s somewhat tears of joy, but there’s a bittersweet feeling to it. They are also compassionate tears for those suffering all over the world and those suffer that I know personally.
Even with that tinge of sadness, it feels amazing to feel so deeply every morning. It then carries through the whole day. There is a deep sense of caring for every person that crosses my path.
What are your experiences with feelings like this? Would you like to learn to cultivate them?
The way you've had meditation described to you is wrong. Whoever started saying the goal of meditation is to clear your mind is completely full of it.
That's just not how it works at all. Let's talk about it.
So we've covered Infomation Diet, Gratitude and minimizing complaining, and taking care of your physical health. This episode is on meditation.
I'm really into a bunch of different types of meditation. There are literally hundreds. BUT in regards to basic mental fortitude and sense of wellbeing, there's one relatively simple type of meditation we're going to focus on. That is mindfulness meditation.
Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/mindfulness-meditation-is-huge-but-science-isnt-sure-how-or-whether-it-works/2018/03/23/2fa510a6-1e4e-11e8-9de1-147dd2df3829_story.html
Where to Listen
Join me on our collective journey of figuring this life out. This show is for you if you find yourself asking: How do I find my purpose? Why do I keep making the same mistakes? How can my relationships be stronger? Is there more to this life than just surviving?
We can do more than just survive. We can thrive and live a fulfilling life full of joy. We can attain financial, spiritual, and intellectual freedom.
Stop wasting your potential. This is a beautiful abundant life, even if it doesn't always feel like it.
With love, Craig Inzana