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There are of course barriers to practicing mindfulness meditations at certain times of the day, such as when we have a job to perform or a baby to look after; however, the biggest barrier to practicing mindfulness comes from the mind. Once we gain awareness of some of the ways the mind intervenes with our best efforts, we slowly begin to realize that mindfulness can be the lens through which we see any and all moments in life, whether at work, with a baby, or in solitude.
While this is not an exhaustive list, some of the common ways the mind intervenes to distract us from mindfulness include:
Preconceived notions about what mindfulness is “supposed” to look like stand in the way of our fully embracing the present moment. Negative self-talk might intervene to berate us for not “doing it right,” but the truth is that the present moment is perfectly acceptable as it is! We can become mindful of even the inner critic, disarming it from controlling our next steps.
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Sean Fargo is the Founder of Mindfulness Exercises, a former Buddhist monk of 2 years, a trainer for the mindfulness program born at Google, an Integral Coach from New Ventures West, and an international mindfulness teacher trainer. He can be reached at [email protected]
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