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PodcastReflect on Gratitude

Reflect on Gratitude

This show is focused on the anxiety that usually happens on Sundays, but what if Sunday isn’t your weekend at all? Don’t worry. Tapping into gratitude can still help!

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(mouse clicking) (soft music) Headspace Studios. (feet tapping) (gentle music) Hi, my name is Dora from Headspace and welcome back to "Sunday Scaries". So before I started working as a meditation teacher, I was working as a nurse in Vancouver, BC. When you're a nurse, the normal work week doesn't apply. We still got days off, but it wasn't necessarily Saturday and Sunday, but no matter when it was, there was always a feeling of uneasiness the night before work. You know, something I've been thinking about when it comes to Sundays is that there's something about them that produces an enormous amount of anxiety. But the thing is, it's just a day, nothing more. It just happens to come before Monday. So sometimes it's not the day that we dread, but what we're returning to. When we look forward, we tend to lose sight of what's happening in the now, or forget about the moments that led us to the present moment and all the things that we enjoyed or what went well for us. What stands out to me is that our feelings on Sundays can influence the entire week. And something else is that we as human beings tend to focus on the things that didn't go well. Perhaps we fell short of our expectations or we may feel as if we ran out of time. But each and every week, if we can be present like we are here, we'll start to remember that there were some things that actually worked out. Trust me, if you think hard enough, something went well last week, even if it's something small like a delicious breakfast or really enjoying a book. And it's so important to get back to these things and remind ourselves that they happened. And when we do that, it gives us a sense of confidence and optimism heading into the week. Before we go any further, let's try that out and take a moment to reflect. So take a moment right now just to get comfortable. Leaving the eyes open to begin with, and just taking a big deep breath in through the nose and out through the mouth. And as you breathe out, just gently closing the eyes, feeling the weight of the body sink down, that feeling of contact, and just enjoying the moment of having stopped. And just allow a particular moment in time from last week just to arise in the mind. So something that went well. It can be something really, really small, something big, doesn't really matter. Just allowing that to come into the mind and just gently holding it there. And as you hold it there, remembering that feeling of it having gone well, and remembering the feeling is almost as though you're re-experiencing the feeling. And just allowing that feeling to remain as you become more aware of the breath in the body. Just feeling that rising and falling sensation. (no audio) Hand on your stomach or your chest,...


Duration6 min

About your teachers

  • A former Buddhist monk, Andy has guided people in meditation and mindfulness for 20 years. In his mission to make these practices accessible to all, he co-created the Headspace app in 2010.

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  • Eve is a mindfulness teacher, overseeing Headspace’s meditation curriculum. She is passionate about sharing meditation to help others feel less stressed and experience more compassion in their lives.

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  • As a meditation teacher, Dora encourages others to live, breathe, and be with the fullness of their experiences. She loves meditation’s power to create community and bring clarity to people’s minds.

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  • Kessonga has been an acupuncturists, therapist, and meditation teacher, working to bring mindfulness to the diverse populations of the world.

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  • Rosie Acosta has studied yoga and mindfulness for more than 20 years and taught for over a decade. Rosie’s mission is to help others overcome adversity and experience radical love.

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