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Being and Doing

In this session, we’ll explore how to bring the wisdom of this series into your day-to-day life so that your work in the world does not continue to deplete you. Choose meditation duration:

Hey, everyone. Welcome to the final day of our Un-challenge. It's been such a joy to do this with you. And in today's session, my hope is to create a bridge between some of what we've been exploring in the realm of being, acceptance, allowing, to the realm of doing and having to participate in the world. We've already touched on that in different ways here, but, you know, the big theme of this un-challenge has been the un-challenge, permission to be human, permission to be you, permission to rest, permission to drop into that place of stillness within you and allow yourself to unwind and not have to constantly put things in the category of good or bad or right or wrong, or judge yourself.

And it can sometimes come across like, "Oh yeah, I guess I should just let go of everything." And a lot of times when people get into the work of mindfulness and meditation, there is this presumption that it means I should just be detached from everything and not really have preferences, not be judging, just allow everything to happen as it's happening. There's some wisdom in that, but it's quite incomplete. Because the reality is, is you're still a human being, interacting with other human beings and the planet and the world around you. And you're going to have your own patterns. You're going to have your own preferences.

And even the depth of your enlightenment and wakefulness and awareness has to express itself through you. And that means you're going to be doing things in the world. So what is this relationship between the being quality that we've been exploring and the doing quality that is equally important in the world? Well, if I can summarize it in one statement, I think we could say its commitment to process, detachment from outcome. Commitment to process, detachment from outcome. What does it mean to be committed to the process? It means that you are taking responsibility for how you show up in each moment, recognizing that you do have influence over your relationship to what is arising.

Your own thoughts, your emotions, your sensations, your boundaries, what you allow, what you might push back on, conversations that need to be had with other people, values that you feel and how you're acting those out in the world. These are within your scope of responsibility. They are things that you have influence over. They are part of the process. And this work of connecting to ourselves in the way that we've been doing allows us to be more committed to the process because we've deepened our capacity to listen for what is arising as most true for us, rather than just running patterns of thought and emotion and reactivity, where we go through life on automatic pilot.

It's coupled though, with this detachment from outcome, which is just the recognition that all we can do is show up in a certain way and what happens from there is not really our business, in the sense of it's outside of our scope of responsibility. We can't actually control what will unfold. Nobody can. And so when we take that perspective, it really allows us to treat each moment as precious and feel our own inner empowerment to show up the best we can, to listen as deeply as possible to what is arising right now, how am I feeling in relationship to it, what feels true for me as a response. And then to surrender to that.

And then to let go of what happens from there, because we know it is the most we were capable of doing in that moment. If we had more resources, if we were able to see things more clearly, we would. But that's part of the development of being a human being. We accumulate more of that as we go. All we have in each moment is our capacity to listen to our experience, to listen to how we are relating to what is coming in and choosing the best response in relationship to that.

What unfolds from there is, in many ways, not our business. So as you continue to take what we've learned here, and this process of unwinding, reconnecting to yourself, listening to what is most true in your being, I really encourage you to trust that as enough. And then what unfolds from there will unfold from there. Your responsibility, your scope of responsibility is to listen and surrender to what feels most true in this moment. And then take in feedback, right? We're always listening to feedback that comes from decisions that we make and things that we do in the world.

We hear what other people have to say about that. We integrate it into our worldview. Okay, that makes sense, or that doesn't make sense. And then we try again in this moment, and then this moment, and then this moment. This is a commitment to process the detachment from outcome.

And in my experience, this is how we plant those worlds of being and doing. And it allows us to move through our life with much more ease, fluidity, trust, surrender, because we're not holding the consequences of this moment for the next month or a year or 10 years. We just know that we can't influence that. That's just the mind's neuroticism getting caught up. And what does this mean? If anyone knew that, they would be making a lot of money.

So can we commit to listening and trust that's enough? That is my invitation to you. We'll explore more of this in today's meditation, but since this is the last time I'll see you here on video, I just want to say thank you again. It's been a joy to walk you through this series. If you like this and you want to continue this work, we have videos just like this, about three minutes long, in the Mindfulness.com app. Every single day, you could get a new video and a new meditation corresponding with that to continue what we've done here.

And it would be great to continue to work with you in that way. So thank you for your practice. Let's settle in for today's meditation.

Cory Muscara

4.9

Being and Doing

In this session, we’ll explore how to bring the wisdom of this series into your day-to-day life so that your work in the world does not continue to deplete you. Choose meditation duration:

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Hey, everyone. Welcome to the final day of our Un-challenge. It's been such a joy to do this with you. And in today's session, my hope is to create a bridge between some of what we've been exploring in the realm of being, acceptance, allowing, to the realm of doing and having to participate in the world. We've already touched on that in different ways here, but, you know, the big theme of this un-challenge has been the un-challenge, permission to be human, permission to be you, permission to rest, permission to drop into that place of stillness within you and allow yourself to unwind and not have to constantly put things in the category of good or bad or right or wrong, or judge yourself.

And it can sometimes come across like, "Oh yeah, I guess I should just let go of everything." And a lot of times when people get into the work of mindfulness and meditation, there is this presumption that it means I should just be detached from everything and not really have preferences, not be judging, just allow everything to happen as it's happening. There's some wisdom in that, but it's quite incomplete. Because the reality is, is you're still a human being, interacting with other human beings and the planet and the world around you. And you're going to have your own patterns. You're going to have your own preferences.

And even the depth of your enlightenment and wakefulness and awareness has to express itself through you. And that means you're going to be doing things in the world. So what is this relationship between the being quality that we've been exploring and the doing quality that is equally important in the world? Well, if I can summarize it in one statement, I think we could say its commitment to process, detachment from outcome. Commitment to process, detachment from outcome. What does it mean to be committed to the process? It means that you are taking responsibility for how you show up in each moment, recognizing that you do have influence over your relationship to what is arising.

Your own thoughts, your emotions, your sensations, your boundaries, what you allow, what you might push back on, conversations that need to be had with other people, values that you feel and how you're acting those out in the world. These are within your scope of responsibility. They are things that you have influence over. They are part of the process. And this work of connecting to ourselves in the way that we've been doing allows us to be more committed to the process because we've deepened our capacity to listen for what is arising as most true for us, rather than just running patterns of thought and emotion and reactivity, where we go through life on automatic pilot.

It's coupled though, with this detachment from outcome, which is just the recognition that all we can do is show up in a certain way and what happens from there is not really our business, in the sense of it's outside of our scope of responsibility. We can't actually control what will unfold. Nobody can. And so when we take that perspective, it really allows us to treat each moment as precious and feel our own inner empowerment to show up the best we can, to listen as deeply as possible to what is arising right now, how am I feeling in relationship to it, what feels true for me as a response. And then to surrender to that.

And then to let go of what happens from there, because we know it is the most we were capable of doing in that moment. If we had more resources, if we were able to see things more clearly, we would. But that's part of the development of being a human being. We accumulate more of that as we go. All we have in each moment is our capacity to listen to our experience, to listen to how we are relating to what is coming in and choosing the best response in relationship to that.

What unfolds from there is, in many ways, not our business. So as you continue to take what we've learned here, and this process of unwinding, reconnecting to yourself, listening to what is most true in your being, I really encourage you to trust that as enough. And then what unfolds from there will unfold from there. Your responsibility, your scope of responsibility is to listen and surrender to what feels most true in this moment. And then take in feedback, right? We're always listening to feedback that comes from decisions that we make and things that we do in the world.

We hear what other people have to say about that. We integrate it into our worldview. Okay, that makes sense, or that doesn't make sense. And then we try again in this moment, and then this moment, and then this moment. This is a commitment to process the detachment from outcome.

And in my experience, this is how we plant those worlds of being and doing. And it allows us to move through our life with much more ease, fluidity, trust, surrender, because we're not holding the consequences of this moment for the next month or a year or 10 years. We just know that we can't influence that. That's just the mind's neuroticism getting caught up. And what does this mean? If anyone knew that, they would be making a lot of money.

So can we commit to listening and trust that's enough? That is my invitation to you. We'll explore more of this in today's meditation, but since this is the last time I'll see you here on video, I just want to say thank you again. It's been a joy to walk you through this series. If you like this and you want to continue this work, we have videos just like this, about three minutes long, in the Mindfulness.com app. Every single day, you could get a new video and a new meditation corresponding with that to continue what we've done here.

And it would be great to continue to work with you in that way. So thank you for your practice. Let's settle in for today's meditation.

Cory Muscara

4.9

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