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“We’ve all heard the saying, the road to hell is paved with the best intentions”, said my meditation teacher at a recent class. “So what is most important to you? What is the difference between an intention and a goal? What drives our behavior?” As we continued to reflect and discuss, she offered a couple of really beautiful analogies:
What a relief to feel like it’s ok to be human! It sure makes our practice of Awareness a warmer and more open one, and me a more willing participant, feeling like I am not only acknowledging but also embracing all aspects of the mind, and it’s ways. Another thing she said is that we take far too much self-responsibility for the mind and it’s generation of thoughts; feeling like we are some how choosing to bring up these things that often feel painful and shameful. In actuality, the mind is it’s own entity. We could spend eons trying to decode the mind and understand why and where these thoughts spring up from, and sometimes, this becomes a worthwhile practice. But often, we can just choose to WITNESS the mind, to hold it and it’s contents with loving awareness, remembering that we are not “that” and holding space for the thoughts to pass. We can do this, witness it all, while keeping our inner peace (with continued practice).
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