| USA Maui Retreat 2016 11/16 Opening Instructions (10:46-11:59)

Sayadaw: I want you to relax, really relax and be aware. One of the wonderful things that happened when you’re relaxed is that you not only notice the things that you’re observing, you notice the fact that you’re observing. We notice the awareness itself that’s working to help us be aware.

You need to be aware of yourselves all day long; and if you’re not relaxed, you’ll be really tired.

It’s okay to relax because the nature of it is that if you keep doing something continuously, it’s going to get stronger; it’s like if you work your muscles continuously, it’s going to get stronger. It’s the same with the mind and its qualities. So you can relax and just keep being aware, awareness will get stronger.