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How Insight Turns Hostility Into Healing

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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness. Today, we're going to talk about how insight can turn hate into healing. So on this journey of life, we're all going to have moments where other people let us down, disappoint us, or we feel really hurt by their actions or their words. And at these times, it can be really hard to understand why people act the way they do, why they say the things they do. We can feel really angry, judgmental, or even hateful towards them.

In the same way, it can be equally hard to understand why as a species, we have a world where there's poverty and injustice and pollution and climate change happening. So it's easy to get into this kind of hostile attitude towards humanity, towards certain people, towards certain behaviors. And of course, it's very important that we act on the things that matter that we do all we can to create a more equal, healthy and harmonious world. It's important that we have boundaries, that we stand up for ourselves in certain situations. But we don't need hate or hostility to do that.

It's awareness and compassion that are the greatest agents for change. So when it comes to living with awareness and compassion, it's really important that our primary focus is on understanding our own mind, our own role in things, and having a continued intention to try and respond and act in the world with wisdom and kindness. So if we can let go of the hostility towards others and the judgment about their behavior, we can switch our focus to taking responsibility for understanding our own mind and why we do the things we do. And we can investigate the causes of suffering and disharmony within, within our own mind and life. And it's through this kind of self-understanding that we're able to see the deeper causes and conditions that get us stuck or caught up in unhelpful stuff.

And it's this self-understanding that allows us actually to see that what others are going through is what we're going through. We all have the same kind of challenges, you know. They get caught up in fixations worries, stress and unhelpful stuff. That means they're not able to be at their best. So by understanding our own nature and when we're not at our best, we understand human nature.

And this really shifts our focus to compassion for humanity, and that's profoundly healing and empowering. It's through this insight into human nature that we can create space for change both within and without. We can start to respond and relate to our family, our community, and the world around us with the best of who we are. But it begins by letting go of hostility and having a willingness to look honestly and gently at ourselves so that we can make a space for our own healing first. So thank you for your practice and your presence here with us.

And now let's settle in for today's meditation.

Melli O'Brien

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How Insight Turns Hostility Into Healing

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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Your default time is based on your progress and is changed automatically as you practice.

Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness. Today, we're going to talk about how insight can turn hate into healing. So on this journey of life, we're all going to have moments where other people let us down, disappoint us, or we feel really hurt by their actions or their words. And at these times, it can be really hard to understand why people act the way they do, why they say the things they do. We can feel really angry, judgmental, or even hateful towards them.

In the same way, it can be equally hard to understand why as a species, we have a world where there's poverty and injustice and pollution and climate change happening. So it's easy to get into this kind of hostile attitude towards humanity, towards certain people, towards certain behaviors. And of course, it's very important that we act on the things that matter that we do all we can to create a more equal, healthy and harmonious world. It's important that we have boundaries, that we stand up for ourselves in certain situations. But we don't need hate or hostility to do that.

It's awareness and compassion that are the greatest agents for change. So when it comes to living with awareness and compassion, it's really important that our primary focus is on understanding our own mind, our own role in things, and having a continued intention to try and respond and act in the world with wisdom and kindness. So if we can let go of the hostility towards others and the judgment about their behavior, we can switch our focus to taking responsibility for understanding our own mind and why we do the things we do. And we can investigate the causes of suffering and disharmony within, within our own mind and life. And it's through this kind of self-understanding that we're able to see the deeper causes and conditions that get us stuck or caught up in unhelpful stuff.

And it's this self-understanding that allows us actually to see that what others are going through is what we're going through. We all have the same kind of challenges, you know. They get caught up in fixations worries, stress and unhelpful stuff. That means they're not able to be at their best. So by understanding our own nature and when we're not at our best, we understand human nature.

And this really shifts our focus to compassion for humanity, and that's profoundly healing and empowering. It's through this insight into human nature that we can create space for change both within and without. We can start to respond and relate to our family, our community, and the world around us with the best of who we are. But it begins by letting go of hostility and having a willingness to look honestly and gently at ourselves so that we can make a space for our own healing first. So thank you for your practice and your presence here with us.

And now let's settle in for today's meditation.

Melli O'Brien

4.8

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