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The Biggest Obstacle To Mindful Living Part Two

The Biggest Obstacle To Mindful Living Part 2 (& How To Cultivate A Life Of Contentment)

Are you finding yourself getting caught up in a sense of struggle and dissatisfaction?

Imagine having a simple, tried, tested and proven tool to guide you into deeper serenity and ease. That’s what we’re exploring this week.

In this second short audio-episode of The Mindfulness Summit, we continue the exploration we started last week. The exploration of what is often referred to as the biggest obstacle to mindful living (getting caught up in craving) and I will show you how the parable of the stonemason reveals a deep wisdom that we can all apply to our lives right now.

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Stay tuned because next week we’ll be delving deeper into this topic. I’ll be releasing a brand new video with Dr Judson Brewer. Jud is the Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness and an internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addiction. He is an expert on how we can more skilfully handle craving and this interview is jam packed with wisdom.

 Happiness is the experience of loving life. Being happy is being in love with that momentary experience. And love is looking at someone or even something deeply. Seeing with fresh eyes and with total acceptance and openness. Love is happiness with what you see. So love and happiness really are the same thing... just expressed differently.

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G’day, it’s Melli O’Brien here from The Mindfulness Summit. This is the second short audio-episode of The Mindfulness Summit. These episodes are a 5 – 15 minute exploration into some aspect of mindful living. So in these audio episodes I’ll share with you a poem, a quote or a story and then we unpack the wisdom within it and I’ll show you a way to integrate that wisdom into our everyday lives.

This week, I’m going to share with you a story. It’s an old Taoist parable about a stonemason….

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9 Responses

  1. sunita

    Thank you so much for this Melli.
    Today I went to the park near my house and had the most beautiful meditation focusing on sound.
    I’m truly grateful for this experience which is such a blessing.
    I wish everyone well.
    Thank you.

    1. Rachelle Rogers

      Namaste Melli,
      Just wanted to say thank you for reinforcing such thoughts. I end each day with a thamkfulness prayer. I include finding out about this summit as something I am indeed thankful for.

  2. Deborah McDougall

    I retired feom my job last August and have been having a few “mindfulness” moments along the way. I always saw retirement as the way to get all my home tasks completed and i would be so happy…ha…not so. The big but is that i now have the opportunity to really enjoy each day and sometimes that means just sitting and reading a good book and it is okay to relax and enjoy each day. I still sometimes lose sight of that and rush around trying to stay ahead of the weeds so i appreciate your reminders that living each day, each moment is where happiness and joy are found….thank you

  3. shiny berke

    Thank you for this. It is always the right time to be reminded to be grateful. Today I was walking in town, and passed a woman struggling along in her wheelchair. I wanted to make eye contact and share a smile, to acknowledge her, but she didn’t look my way. A moment later I passed a security guard standing outside a bank and he said to me, “Some people have it a lot harder than we do.” I told him I was thinking the same thing. I was so grateful to him for making a point to say that. And of course I was grateful for my functioning legs, my health, my life. I’m grateful for your taking the time to share this with all of us.

  4. Maria Krutikow

    Bless you Melli1 I love your posts. Today as every morning I went on a walk with my dog Luna. It was a beautiful, warm , but fresh morning. We walked to the grassland and i saw a plastic dog-bag left by somebody, before i got irritated i realized that my dog was pooping, while i forgot my own dog-bag 🙂 …. So love to you dear one who left this bag for me!

  5. Kathleen Rutkowski

    Thank you Melli for sharing these wonderful wise thoughts. It is a joy to be sharing yet another journey with you. Your generosity, kindness and wisdom are powerful gifts. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself.

  6. Kim Stokes

    Your episode resonated with me as I have recently been thinking about gratitude. I found myself in a negative place mentally last year, where everywhere I looked was another reason why things weren’t great or I wasn’t good enough. As I began to emerge from that through a break from work, counselling and examining my life, I realised that I had created a lot of the negativity.

    There were things missing from my life – doing a job I enjoyed, a connection with others, involvement in activities I liked and belief things would get better – but the biggest thing missing was a sense of gratitude. I had stopped appreciating my abilities and my achievements. I failed to recognise that I could make things better and I was capable of trying. When I started to appreciate what I had, I could see ways to build the life I wanted.

    The past 6 months have flown by and I can see each week my evenings being filled up with enjoyable activities which were missing for so much of last year. I may not be able to fix my job situation instantly, but I know I can survive it by just being grateful for employment.

  7. Jennifer

    Thank you for these beautiful stories, clear explanations and useful tools. Still trying to emerge from several difficult years. Out of the dark pit of despair, but still in what one friend has described as “the grey hallway.” It’s taken a while just to be willing to try to be in my body and in the moment. As I try to re-learn how to open myself up to the concept of joy (or even contentedness) on the other side of great loss, this is extraordinarily helpful. I’m grateful you organized this, and grateful all these talks and meditations are still available. I began re-listening as a means of trying to replace my bad habit of listening to the depressing news every morning, but I’m finding it’s helping me ground much more than I would have thought. Anyway, thank you.

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