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When fatigue arises in meditation, we typically have an adverse reaction or make attempts to overcome it. After all, tiredness is among the classic 5 hindrances to our practice. But when we cannot avoid fatigue during meditation, there are other ways to work with it. In fact, meditating while tired can sometimes be conducive to a more relaxed, focused state of mind.

In this episode, Mindfulness Exercises founder Sean Fargo offers practical suggestions for working with fatigue in our meditation practice. We might explore the sensation of tiredness in the body, get curious about sleepiness in the mind, and even delight in the feeling of rest. When tired during meditation, we’re invited to explore our reaction to torpor, aging, sickness or loss of productivity with an emphasis on non-judgment and loving-kindness.

This talk is a brief excerpt of Sean Fargo’s teachings to students in his Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program. Learn more about this unique, online, self-paced certification program at

What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

  • Why fatigue is not always negative
  • How to delight in rest when we feel tired
  • Why it may be fruitful to meditate when tired or sick
  • How to explore fatigue in the body
  • How to work with judgments around fatigue

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About Sean Fargo

Sean Fargo is a former Buddhist monk and the founder of Mindfulness Exercises. The online platform, which has shared free and premium mindfulness resources with over 3 million people worldwide, has now certified over 500 Mindfulness Teachers.

Sean is the lead instructor for the teacher training program, a unique self-paced approach which invites world-renowned mindfulness teachers to share their insights and experiences. Sean has taught mindfulness and meditation for corporations including Facebook, Google and Tesla and for health and government organizations, prisons and hospitals around the world.

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