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Mountains and Molehills

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Hi, and welcome to your Daily Mindfulness. Today I'm going to talk about mountains and molehills. So of course, what I'm referring to here is the old saying, "Don't make mountains out of molehills." What this saying is speaking to is the tendency that we can sometimes have to magnify our problems in the mind. And it's interesting, isn't it? Because as we move through life, we probably all have met people who seem to make a really big deal out of things while other people are just not really bothered by much at all, nothing really ruffles their feathers. One person might miss the train and simply wait peacefully for the next one.

Whereas the next person become really upset and angry in the same situation. One person may ruminate about an implied comment for days or weeks, constantly speaking to others about it, tossing and turning in the night. Whereas another person may simply let it go and not take it too personally. The difference in these responses reminds us that we do have a choice not to let things get under our skin. And this is really important because when we react to all the inconveniences, the mishaps, the incidents of daily life, you know, the spilled food, that loud noise, a computer glitch, if we react to all of those, we constantly sprinkle these feelings of frustration and stress and negativity throughout our life.

But if we can learn to face life's little irritations with patience and acceptance, we greatly reduce our daily stress. And we can cultivate this capacity through mindfulness, which teaches us how to meet the present moment just as it is, and to wage peace with it, and then work with it. And with practice over time, we build our capacity to stay calm, non-reactive and mentally strong for the bigger things, like a loss, an illness, or a heartbreak. So the invitation for today and ongoing is the next time you have a lunch date that doesn't show up, end up in a traffic jam or your grocery bag breaks and everything falls on the floor, see if you can pause there just for a moment, take a slow breath and remind yourself that you do have a choice to meet that moment with acceptance and patience. And when you do that, you can let go of making a mountain out of a molehill.

And therefore let go of all the extra stress, suffering, and struggle that usually gets layered on top of an already tricky moment. Wishing you really well with this practice. And as always, thank you for your practice and your presence here with us. And let's settle in now for today's meditation.

Melli O'Brien

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Mountains and Molehills

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 mountains and molehills. So of course, what I'm referring to here is the old saying, "Don't make mountains out of molehills." What this saying is speaking to is the tendency that we can sometimes have to magnify our problems in the mind. And it's interesting, isn't it? Because as we move through life, we probably all have met people who seem to make a really big deal out of things while other people are just not really bothered by much at all, nothing really ruffles their feathers. One person might miss the train and simply wait peacefully for the next one.

Whereas the next person become really upset and angry in the same situation. One person may ruminate about an implied comment for days or weeks, constantly speaking to others about it, tossing and turning in the night. Whereas another person may simply let it go and not take it too personally. The difference in these responses reminds us that we do have a choice not to let things get under our skin. And this is really important because when we react to all the inconveniences, the mishaps, the incidents of daily life, you know, the spilled food, that loud noise, a computer glitch, if we react to all of those, we constantly sprinkle these feelings of frustration and stress and negativity throughout our life.

But if we can learn to face life's little irritations with patience and acceptance, we greatly reduce our daily stress. And we can cultivate this capacity through mindfulness, which teaches us how to meet the present moment just as it is, and to wage peace with it, and then work with it. And with practice over time, we build our capacity to stay calm, non-reactive and mentally strong for the bigger things, like a loss, an illness, or a heartbreak. So the invitation for today and ongoing is the next time you have a lunch date that doesn't show up, end up in a traffic jam or your grocery bag breaks and everything falls on the floor, see if you can pause there just for a moment, take a slow breath and remind yourself that you do have a choice to meet that moment with acceptance and patience. And when you do that, you can let go of making a mountain out of a molehill.

And therefore let go of all the extra stress, suffering, and struggle that usually gets layered on top of an already tricky moment. Wishing you really well with this practice. And as always, thank you for your practice and your presence here with us. And let's settle in now for today's meditation.

Melli O'Brien

4.8

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