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September 24, 2020
Cultivating Joyful Effort. Invite joy into your practice. Silently contemplate your why. Joyful effort arises when we understand our purpose.
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Here’s a Sample of the “Cultivating Joyful Effort” Guided Meditation Script:

Sit comfortably in a quiet place where you can be free from distractions
Let your spine be neutral and tall, rest your hands in your lap or on your thighs in a way that
promotes a release of your shoulders, and an expansion of your chest

Close your eyes, or keep your gaze soft and low, turn your attention inward

Breathe slowly and steadily in and out through your nose
Find a quiet, patient and easy, comfortable breath

Watch the breath moving in and out through your nose

(pause 3 breaths)

And then invite joy into your practice by silently contemplating your why
Joyful effort arises when we understand our purpose

Why meditate?
Why practice mindfulness?
What benefits do you hope to receive?

Cultivating Joyful Effort, Cultivating Joyful Effort

By understanding intention,
And why you are prioritizing your practice
The effort in practicing becomes imbued with joy, and ease

Recall why you are here,
Right now, meditating today.

Allow a deep satisfaction to arise
As you apply effort in this moment, joyfully

(pause 3 breaths)

And then with your why in mind,
Cultivate joyful effort
By shifting your awareness to the benefits you’ve already received
Through this practice of mindfulness and meditation

About the author 

Sara-Mai Conway

Sara-Mai Conway is a writer, yoga and meditation instructor living and working in Baja Sur, Mexico. In addition to online offerings, she teaches donation-based community classes in her tiny, off-grid hometown on the Pacific coast. She is a certified 500-hour Remedial Yoga and Applied Mindfulness Advanced teacher with Bodhi Yoga Spain under the Independent Yoga Network (UK).