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How to Embrace Failure

In this meditation, we'll practice changing our mindset around failure so that we can move more confidently into the person we're trying to become.

Let's begin by finding a comfortable posture. This could be sitting down, lying down or standing. If it feels okay to do so, you can close your eyes. And we'll take one deep breath together to settle in. Breathing in through the nose.

And slowly out through the mouth. Inviting the jaw to soften and relax. Letting the shoulders be at ease. As well as the hands and the belly. As the body relaxes, the breath can settle back into its natural rhythm.

Let's take a few moments to anchor our attention into the present moment by attuning ourselves to the breath. So just feeling how the rhythm of the breath is today. Is it long? Is it short? And meeting it with curiosity, non-judgment. Riding each wave of the breath with your awareness. In this meditation, we're talking about how to embrace failure.

Learning to see it as an opportunity. And this is especially true in meditation. We typically give ourselves something to focus on, such as the breath. And then the mind wanders and when it wanders, we think, ah, that's a failure. I'm not doing this well.

But if it didn't wander, we wouldn't be able to practice bringing it back. We wouldn't be able to develop that capacity and that muscle. So we need the mind to wander, to develop the muscle of focus and of presence. So let's continue focusing on the present moment. This could be the breath.

If you want to continue as we started, just feeling the body breathing. But you could also do a body scan, feeling different sensations in the body, or just rest in awareness. So we're stabilizing our attention somewhere in the present moment. And we're happy to be stabilized. But we're also happy for when the mind wanders off, because it means we get to practice.

It's an opportunity. So just wait for that moment to happen. When it does, when you notice a thought, give it a smile and say, great. Now I get to come back. And just do this over and over.

Really starting to get excited when you see the mind get caught up in thoughts or judgments, because without it, we couldn't practice. So we're just changing that association, embracing what we might perceive as failure and reframing it as our only path to growth. Let's take one more deep breath together. In through the nose. And out through the mouth.

Great job today. As you go about your day, notice other things that you might perceive as failures, that you could reframe as a positive, as something that is leading to your growth in any dimension of your life. Thank you for your practice. And until we talk again, take care.

Meditation

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How to Embrace Failure

In this meditation, we'll practice changing our mindset around failure so that we can move more confidently into the person we're trying to become.

Duration

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

Let's begin by finding a comfortable posture. This could be sitting down, lying down or standing. If it feels okay to do so, you can close your eyes. And we'll take one deep breath together to settle in. Breathing in through the nose.

And slowly out through the mouth. Inviting the jaw to soften and relax. Letting the shoulders be at ease. As well as the hands and the belly. As the body relaxes, the breath can settle back into its natural rhythm.

Let's take a few moments to anchor our attention into the present moment by attuning ourselves to the breath. So just feeling how the rhythm of the breath is today. Is it long? Is it short? And meeting it with curiosity, non-judgment. Riding each wave of the breath with your awareness. In this meditation, we're talking about how to embrace failure.

Learning to see it as an opportunity. And this is especially true in meditation. We typically give ourselves something to focus on, such as the breath. And then the mind wanders and when it wanders, we think, ah, that's a failure. I'm not doing this well.

But if it didn't wander, we wouldn't be able to practice bringing it back. We wouldn't be able to develop that capacity and that muscle. So we need the mind to wander, to develop the muscle of focus and of presence. So let's continue focusing on the present moment. This could be the breath.

If you want to continue as we started, just feeling the body breathing. But you could also do a body scan, feeling different sensations in the body, or just rest in awareness. So we're stabilizing our attention somewhere in the present moment. And we're happy to be stabilized. But we're also happy for when the mind wanders off, because it means we get to practice.

It's an opportunity. So just wait for that moment to happen. When it does, when you notice a thought, give it a smile and say, great. Now I get to come back. And just do this over and over.

Really starting to get excited when you see the mind get caught up in thoughts or judgments, because without it, we couldn't practice. So we're just changing that association, embracing what we might perceive as failure and reframing it as our only path to growth. Let's take one more deep breath together. In through the nose. And out through the mouth.

Great job today. As you go about your day, notice other things that you might perceive as failures, that you could reframe as a positive, as something that is leading to your growth in any dimension of your life. Thank you for your practice. And until we talk again, take care.

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