DAY 3: AN INTERVIEW WITH James Baraz
Mindfulness for greater joy and happiness
LISTEN TO INTERVIEW AUDIO ONLY BELOW
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Mind Life Project Bonus Content:
In this video you’ll learn:
- What is mindfulness?
- The power of setting an intention in meditation practice and in life and how to do this effectively
- The secret to much of our underlying dissatisfaction and a tip on overcoming it
- How to manage the common obstacles that arise in meditation
- A new perspective on thoughts and your mind that will transform your life for the better
The "too busy to meditate" meditation
by Elise Bialylew
*click play to listen to the meditation
Mindfulness Daily Tip
When starting meditation many of us judge our practice based on how good or bad it feels in the moment. Joseph Goldstein, American meditation teacher has some wise words on this:
"Our progress in meditation does not depend on the measure of pleasure or pain in our experience. Rather the quality of our practice has to do with how open we are to whatever is there."
So today when you meditate, remember a sign of a good meditation, is simply that you were able to be aware of whatever was present, whether positive, negative or neutral. Over time this builds your self awareness and is a vehicle to greater wisdom and clarity in life.
Mindfulness is a skill we can develop through meditation, but we can also strengthen our capacity to be more present by consciously bringing our attention to the body.
Today check in with your body a few times throughout the day, and pay particular attention to any unnecessary tension you’re holding (particularly around the shoulders and neck). Actively relax and release it.
What was your biggest takeaway from today's interview with James?
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