Meditation MP3 – Meeting pain with compassion (8:19)
Mindfulness has been shown in medical and therapeutic contexts to lessen anxiety and stress by reducing “rumination”.
[Note: this MP3 is from the CD, “Guided Meditations for Busy People,” by Bodhipaksa.]
A lot of our suffering is self-imposed. We take an original painful episode in our lives –perhaps something that has been said to us that we didn’t like – and we replay it over and over again, in effect forcing ourselves to repeat that suffering. And we take the suffering further by creating stories – stories about our own unworthiness, thoughts about how these things shouldn’t happen to us, angry thoughts about revenge, thoughts about further things that might go wrong – that cause us further pain.
Mindfulness has been shown in medical and therapeutic contexts to lessen anxiety and stress by reducing “rumination”. There are benefits to cultivating the quality of acceptance so that we can allow a sense of hurt to exist in the heart without spiraling off into thoughts that only multiply the discomfort we feel.
Listen to a two-minute MP3 sample, guided by Bodhipaksa
File size: 11.4Mb
Quality: High (192Kb per second)
Time: 08:19 (including 40s of silence at the end)
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