Very grateful for this longer mindfulness bells meditation. I really appreciate how calming and accepting her voice is. I have always felt like the first few minutes (at least) of a meditation are for what I call “taking out the trash.” Just like in the physical realm, trash can also build up in our minds. For example, a thought about work that causes a feeling of anger or annoyance on top of a thought about something that was in the news which causes frustration. It truly takes time to filter through these “trash thoughts” until we can settle into the mind, back to a place of calm and center. The bells are an amazing tool to help us do that. I call it “taking out the trash” so we can get to the gem that lies beyond the daily build up and multitudes of stress.