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Noticing Resistance – Nerdful Mind #38

October 4, 2020 by Simon Mannes

Resistance accompanies us every day.

Be it an uncomfortable physical feeling you rather wouldn’t have, or a thought in your mind that you resist.

The journey of mindfulness is also a journey of noticing resistance.

Over the years, I’ve noticed resistance more and more often. At first it was very rough. “I don’t want this to ... Oh, hey, that’s resistance!”

This perception became more fine-grained over time, to the point where I sometimes notice the feeling of resistance in the same moment a thought or emotion arises.

But I still often ask myself: “what now?”

Resistance is difficult. It causes much of the stress and negativity in the world. But it also increases the desire to change something for the better. So, what should you do after noticing it?

Resistance is natural. It is part of our shared human condition.

Once noticed, you can’t ignore it. You also can’t fight it (that would mean resisting resistance). You can only accept it and let it go.

Everyone feels resistance every day.

Get comfortable with it.

“When you catch yourself slipping into a pool of negativity, notice how it derives from nothing other than resistance to the current situation.” — Donna Quesada

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