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Can I pause meditating and write something down?

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      "text": "Thoughts come and go while we're meditating, and sometimes a great insight or idea comes up! There are a couple of ways of working with this.

One is to allow yourself to write things down occasionally if you remember something really important.

Another is to intentionally not write it down in the service of staying with the meditation.

Both techniques are ways of helping you stay present with the meditation, but if you get too much into writing everything down, you can see how it might become a distraction. And if you tell yourself, you can never write anything down, then that could also become a distraction because you'll be worrying about the things you might forget. There's no right or wrong answer for this, so do what seems best in the moment, just see if you can make a mindful choice instead of ''instinctively" grabbing your pen to write something down or "forcing yourself" to keep meditating.

It also might be helpful to put things in perspective when you remember something important that you need to get to. How important is this, really? What would the consequences be if you neglected it for longer, or forgot about it entirely? We often hold ourselves to pretty high standards when it comes to getting back to people in a timely manner or getting things done on time. Sometimes there are real consequences to missing something but often it's our own sense of guilt or feeling out-of-control that's happening."





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