Acknowledging that humans are hardwired to be on alert for danger, and that imbalanced states can cause us problems such as anxiety and doubt, we would do well to incline the mind toward goodness and gladness.
In this guided meditation, Sarah Jane touches on the negativity bias and the nature of both conditioned and unconditioned happiness.
Through mindfulness meditation – and the RAIN method in particular – we become aware of the mind states that stand between us and a sense of freedom, states that are natural but not always helpful.
Then, through the cultivation of gratitude and joy, and by replacing resistance with acceptance, there is the possibility of generating happiness that is characterized not by excitement or exuberance but by contentment and peace.
If your podcast player supports chapter markers, you can start the meditation at 2:20.
Skillful Means Podcast offers these guided practices to help you deepen into your yoga and mindfulness journey.
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