During his Finding Mastery conversation, ABC’s Dan Harris described how to best surrender to the process of meditation.
Dan explained that you can get into trouble if you expect a certain feeling because it’s very hard to conjure that feeling. The expectation of getting there can actually can be an impediment to the feeling.
“A great way to practice successfully is to say: it doesn’t matter what I feel, the trying, the intention is enough. So some nights when I do the gratitude thing or when I’m doing compassion training, I don’t feel much of it at all.”
The idea is to surrender to the process and know that over time the feelings will come.
“[Whether you realize it or not] you are actually changing your mind and your brain.”
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Dan Harris is a co-anchor of “Nightline” and the weekend edition of “Good Morning America” on ABC News. He is also the author of the New York Times best selling book: 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress without Losing My Edge and Found Self-Help That Actually Works.