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Honoring Your Emotions

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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness. Today, I'm going to talk about honoring our emotions. So many of us have grown up with this idea that some emotions are good and other emotions are bad. For example, anger is bad. Sadness is embarrassing and we should hide it when we cry.

So when we believe any kind of emotion is bad, we start to push them away often, or we start to fight them when they arise. And the challenge with that is that that resistance only prolongs the emotions and makes them bigger. But as our mindfulness practice develops, we learn to cultivate self-acceptance. We discover that there's no good and bad emotions, that they're all a natural part of what it means to be human. And we learn to allow them all to arise and pass without judgement.

We learn to experience our emotions from a greater perspective. And we can think of our emotions a little bit like being like clouds that move through the sky. And some clouds are billowing and dark. Some are fluffy and wispy. All coming and going in the sky in different shapes and sizes.

And awareness is a bit like the sky, untouched by anything that passes through it, at peace and just welcoming everything that arises, letting it come and go in its own way. So in the same way, see if it's possible to be aware of your emotions without labeling them or reacting to them. Allowing them to pass through you in their own time, in their own way. And when you meet your emotions with this kind of acceptance and compassion, you really honor your emotions. You create the inner space to make clear headed and constructive choices about what to do with those feelings and how to respond to things in your life.

So I invite you to make that a little bit of a focus today. Just see if you can bring more acceptance and compassion to your emotions and experiment with how that might help you live with more awareness and intention. So we'll explore this more in today's practice. And as always, thank you for your practice and your presence here with us. Let's settle in for meditation.

Melli O'Brien

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Honoring Your Emotions

Personalized support for learning how to integrate mindfulness into your life. Delivered fresh everyday by our world renowned experts. Choose meditation duration:

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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness. Today, I'm going to talk about honoring our emotions. So many of us have grown up with this idea that some emotions are good and other emotions are bad. For example, anger is bad. Sadness is embarrassing and we should hide it when we cry.

So when we believe any kind of emotion is bad, we start to push them away often, or we start to fight them when they arise. And the challenge with that is that that resistance only prolongs the emotions and makes them bigger. But as our mindfulness practice develops, we learn to cultivate self-acceptance. We discover that there's no good and bad emotions, that they're all a natural part of what it means to be human. And we learn to allow them all to arise and pass without judgement.

We learn to experience our emotions from a greater perspective. And we can think of our emotions a little bit like being like clouds that move through the sky. And some clouds are billowing and dark. Some are fluffy and wispy. All coming and going in the sky in different shapes and sizes.

And awareness is a bit like the sky, untouched by anything that passes through it, at peace and just welcoming everything that arises, letting it come and go in its own way. So in the same way, see if it's possible to be aware of your emotions without labeling them or reacting to them. Allowing them to pass through you in their own time, in their own way. And when you meet your emotions with this kind of acceptance and compassion, you really honor your emotions. You create the inner space to make clear headed and constructive choices about what to do with those feelings and how to respond to things in your life.

So I invite you to make that a little bit of a focus today. Just see if you can bring more acceptance and compassion to your emotions and experiment with how that might help you live with more awareness and intention. So we'll explore this more in today's practice. And as always, thank you for your practice and your presence here with us. Let's settle in for meditation.

Melli O'Brien

4.7

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