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5. BREATHE INTO YOUR DISCOMFORT AND PAIN; HONOUR IT

Breathe into uncomfortable sensations; give them dignity. Honour them rather

than closing off to them, starving them of warmth. On the in-breath, imagine or

feel your breath moving into the neglected and tender area, infusing it with life

and love. Fill the uncomfortable area in your body with oxygen, warmth and

dignity. Don‟t try to „heal‟ the sensations, or even „let go‟ of them. They want to be

met, honoured, included in the present scene. Assume that even discomfort holds

intelligence; that it‟s not „against‟ you. Know that true joy is not the absence or

opposite of sadness or pain, but the willingness to embrace it all.



6. ACCEPTANCE IS NOT SOMETHING YOU „DO‟, IT IS WHAT YOU ARE

Acceptance doesn‟t mean that an unpleasant thought or feeling will go away; it

may stay awhile. Don‟t try to accept it (as this is often resistance in disguise) but

acknowledge that it is ALREADY accepted, already here, already part of the

scene. Treat it as if it perhaps will always be here! This removes the pressure of

time (trying to make it go away, wondering why it‟s “still here”). It IS here, now.

Bow before THIS reality. Be curious. And allow any urges, any feelings of

frustration, boredom, disappointment or even despair, to come up too and be

included. They are all part of the present scene, not blocks. Even a feeling of

blockage is part of the scene!



7. THERE IS NO „ALWAYS‟ AND NO „NEVER‟

In reality, there is no „always‟ and no „never‟. Be mindful of these words; they are

lies, and can create a sense of urgency and powerlessness; they feed the story of

seeking and lack. There is no „rest of my life‟, no „for years‟, no „all day long‟.

There is only Now, your only place of power. Sometimes even thinking about

tomorrow is just too much work. Be here.



8. YOU CAN ONLY GET „THERE‟ BY BEING „HERE‟

Often we focus so much on the goal or destination that we forget the journey,

disconnect from each precious step, and stress is created, the sense that we are

„Not There Yet‟. Yet joy can only be found in the here and now, and has nothing

to do with goals, destinations, or getting what you want. Take the focus off the

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