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Do this to befriend your mind

Being human is complex – we have an amazing and mysterious thing that we call our mind. Our minds inhabit a body that changes all the time, and as if that were not enough – we are constantly buffeted by a whole range of emotions.

This is obvious.

Really though?

How well do you know your mind with its characteristics and habits? And your body, how does it feel? What does your emotional world look like and feel like?

I am fascinated by this complexity. And I do not understand why I was never introduced to the importance of self-discovery during my high school years.

The first time I plugged in earphones and listened to a guided meditation on YouTube, I was in my second year of university, and it was exam time. At the time, I commuted every day, and I felt completely overwhelmed by weeks of presentations, papers, and exams. Typically, when I felt stressed and anxious, I would seek out my Mom’s loving comfort and support. 

One day, I came home late from another exam and another drive home in rush hour. I was miserable. My head felt like it would explode, yet I felt bone tired. The thought of having to study that night for my next exam left me in freeze mode. I was at the end of my resources. And my safe harbor – my Mom – was on holiday. 

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To this day, I don’t know where the idea to try a guided meditation came from. I do know that I was skeptical when I searched for guided meditations on YouTube. I had all kinds of preconceived notions of meditation as being falsely spiritual, and part of a new-age world and that only people living in this world would do such a thing as guided meditation. 

But I was at the end of my rope and knew I needed to do something. So I got down on the floor, put on the earphones, closed my eyes, and just listened. 

The experience I had, thanks to my skeptical and yet curious attempt at exploring a way to change my mood that night, changed my life forever. When I got up again after my morning meditation practice, I realize that I feel more energized, clear, and above all, lighter and more connected. Observing my own mind, trying to rest it on my breath, feeling my body – is the way, the practice that helped me create a friendship like a relationship with my mind. Let’s remember that famous saying of the Buddha:

“The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

  • So those are the points:
  • Get curious about your own mind.
  • Decide you want to make it a kind and clear mind.
  • Be forgiving and continue to practice.

Here’s the secret: there is no secret – just practice and choose an attitude of curiosity. 

If you feel like you want to explore mindfulness with personal guidance – I am here for you. Get curious, give guided mindfulness meditations on Youtube a try, read about mindfulness, or get a mindful coach. Open your mind and just start!

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Written by Sarah Lehn

As a Certified Teacher for mindfulness-based emotional intelligence, Sarah has facilitated mindfulness trainings in universities, social enterprises
and technology startups in Europe and North America. She holds degrees in Intercultural Management, International Business and Leadership. Pursuing a her path pf purpose, Sarah Lehn then studied mindfulness and emotional intelligence at the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, San Fransisco. Her insatiable curiosity to gather more knowledge about how we as humans learn and thrive has made her an experienced mentor, coach and facilitator.

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