Try free for 7 days.

Mindfulness.com
Meditation
See all Meditation

Browse

Top articles

How to Meditate: Meditation 101 for Beginners

10 Science-Backed Benefits of Meditation

What is Meditation?

Mindful LivingSleep
Community

Already have an account?

Sign in

00:00

00:00

How to Reduce the Bad

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

Hi, welcome back to your Daily Mindfulness. In today's session, we're going to talk about not suffering before you need to. It was Mark Twain who said, "I've experienced some terrible things in my life. Some of them actually happened." I know I laughed the first time I read that because it's, well, it rings true, we could say. I've had a lot of different experiences that have been painful, but most of them have existed in my mind.

There have been plenty that have existed outside of my mind, but if I think of the amount of suffering I've done in my life, I'd say a large part of that has come from anticipating something that didn't actually happen. I'm curious if that resonates with you too. This is something that human beings seem to be very good at. We have this ability to prospect about the future, to imagine in a great life, something better, something different, something positive that can happen. And with that also comes the ability to imagine something negative that can happen, to construct an idea out of seemingly nothing.

And while sometimes that can lead to positive experiences and positive emotions. A lot of times it can lead to negative experiences and a lot of suffering before anything has actually happened. Sometimes that thinking about the future can help us prepare for potential negative outcome. But a lot of times it's unnecessary and creates extra stress when we really don't need to be stressing in the moment. So the takeaway here is that bad things will happen, but you don't need to suffer before they do.

See if you can notice when you get caught in this tendency, in your life and practice coming back to something simple, like the breath, your feet on the ground, or even asking the question, what's here now? We'll continue with this practice in today's meditation. As always, thank you for doing the work. Thank you for your practice and I'll talk to you soon. Take care.

Cory Muscara

4.8

How to Reduce the Bad

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

Duration

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

Hi, welcome back to your Daily Mindfulness. In today's session, we're going to talk about not suffering before you need to. It was Mark Twain who said, "I've experienced some terrible things in my life. Some of them actually happened." I know I laughed the first time I read that because it's, well, it rings true, we could say. I've had a lot of different experiences that have been painful, but most of them have existed in my mind.

There have been plenty that have existed outside of my mind, but if I think of the amount of suffering I've done in my life, I'd say a large part of that has come from anticipating something that didn't actually happen. I'm curious if that resonates with you too. This is something that human beings seem to be very good at. We have this ability to prospect about the future, to imagine in a great life, something better, something different, something positive that can happen. And with that also comes the ability to imagine something negative that can happen, to construct an idea out of seemingly nothing.

And while sometimes that can lead to positive experiences and positive emotions. A lot of times it can lead to negative experiences and a lot of suffering before anything has actually happened. Sometimes that thinking about the future can help us prepare for potential negative outcome. But a lot of times it's unnecessary and creates extra stress when we really don't need to be stressing in the moment. So the takeaway here is that bad things will happen, but you don't need to suffer before they do.

See if you can notice when you get caught in this tendency, in your life and practice coming back to something simple, like the breath, your feet on the ground, or even asking the question, what's here now? We'll continue with this practice in today's meditation. As always, thank you for doing the work. Thank you for your practice and I'll talk to you soon. Take care.

Cory Muscara

4.8

Duration

Play in-app

Scan the following QR code with your camera app to open it on our mobile app

Get Unlimited Access

Start your mindfulness journey today.

A Mindfulness Plus+ subscription gives you unlimited access to a world of premium mindfulness content.

  • Over 1,800 meditations, sleep, calm music, naturescapes and more
  • Daily mindfulness video meditations 365 days a year
  • 100s of courses and tools to help manage anxiety, sleep and stress

Join our free newsletter

Discover exclusive events, first access to new features, community stories, and a monthly curation of our best mindfulness insights.

By continuing, you agree to our terms of service and privacy policy.

Email Missing

We couldn’t detect your email with the SSO provider you have selected.
or

Mindfulness Guarantee

We are here to make a positive impact on the world. We never want to sell you something that hasn’t helped you live a better life. That’s why if you’re unhappy with any purchase from us, you have 30 days to get a full refund and your money back.

If you subscribed to Mindfulness Plus+ and are unhappy with your purchase, please get in contact with us within the 30-day period and we’ll refund your purchase.


Learn more about our Mindfulness Guarantee.

Mindfulness

Bring balance into your everyday life.

We believe in a world where everybody has access to the life-changing skills of mindfulness.

  • 2,000+ Guided Meditations
  • Daily Coaching
  • Sleep Content
  • Mindful Exercises
  • Mindful Radio
  • 10+ Courses from world-class teachers

Private Browsing

Added to your cart!

Checkout

Thank you for joining us

Congratulations on your subscription! Dive into the full library and enjoy all it has to offer.

Claim your free access

Create a mindfulness account and we’ll unlock this premium session in your account forever.

or continue with
By continuing, you agree to our terms of service and privacy policy.

Do you already have an account?

Start a free trial to play this session

7-Days free trial, cancel anytime.

Finish personalizing your account

Complete a few quick questions to make your own personalized mindfulness plan.

Sign up or login to your mindfulness account to proceed.

or continue with
By continuing, you agree to our terms of service and privacy policy.

Do you already have an account?

Mindfulness

One membership to gain access to a world of premium mindfulness content created to help you live happier and stress less.

  • 2000+ Guided Meditations
  • Courses from world-class teachers
  • Resources for Stress + Anxiety
  • Breathing exercises, gratitude practices, relaxation techniques
  • Sleep meditations, playlists, stories
  • Mindful talks, podcasts, music, nature sounds