Meditation: Getting to know the dream you inhabit: Beyond Mindfulness

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In the next week, pay special attention to the dream you’re constantly weaving about yourself.

Make it an object of your investigation, as you would a mystery you’re trying to solve.

Notice the stories you tell yourself about other people in your life and how they figure into your narrative.

Who are the villains, and who are the heroes?

Do you tend to make yourself right and other people wrong?

Or do you beat yourself up for all the mistakes you believe you’re making?

Notice the feeling tone of the dream—the anger, the fear, the hurt, the shame.

What are the recurring themes and issues?

Where did you learn to see life in this way?

Notice that sometimes the stories seem to recede into the background and loosen their grip.

How do you feel then?

What happened to the stories?

Remember that the stories you tell yourself about reality generally have very little to do with what’s actually going on.

They’re interpretations, projections onto the blank screen of possibility, which then have a powerful effect on what actually happens.

What would it be like to live free of your stories?

How would you feel?

What would your life be like?

Becoming intimately familiar with the dream you inhabit can be a first step in freeing yourself from it.

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