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Altered Traits

Daniel Goleman & Richard Davidson | 55:22


When we started meditation was not cool. It was very uncool Ultra uncool. Now it's ultra cool. And we want to talk about that arc how that happened. But before we do, we thought we try it

over to you. So we thought we'd start with a little practice. By the way, how many of you have participated in G pause here? Almost all of you, Okay, wonderful. That's great. So let's start by bringing our awareness into our bodies.

You can sit with your eyes, closed or open whatever feels most comfortable, and finding a posture that's dignified, but relaxed, sitting with an upright spine and bringing our awareness to the present moment and checking in with ourselves what might you be sensing in your body? pleasant, unpleasant, neutral sensations bringing awareness to the body. And recognizing this extraordinary quality that we have to be aware, which really is, in many ways the essence of these practices.

And as we sense our grounding, feeling our feet on the floor, our sit bones on our seats reflecting for a few moments on our motivation for being here recognizing that these are practices which can be helpful in calming our minds and opening our hearts not just for ourselves but even more importantly for all of the other beings that we touch throughout our days and so let's spend a few moments steeping ourselves in this altruistic motivation and reflecting on how a calm presence and a warm heart can be so helpful for all of our interactions so just spending a few moments bringing our awareness to different parts of our body and using the sensations in our body as support for recognizing this basic quality of awareness.

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