Mindfulness uses information, exercises and secular meditation to learn how to pay attention to what is happening in our lives. It does not get rid of life's pressures and it's no magic wand that makes everything dream like. It can, however, show us how to respond in a calmer, more pro-active way that meets our needs and the needs of those around us.
Practicing mindfulness allows us to be fully present and to improve our quality of life.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a set of skills that offer us a greater awareness in understanding how our thoughts and emotions can tie us up in knots by repeatadly recalling the past and imagining how the future might evolve. This rumination helps to keep us out of the present moment and in a state of stress.
Mindful Meditation shows us how to be in the present moment , to learn how to acknowledge and cultivate the pleasures in life while also learning how to deal effectively with the challenges that we encounter.
It teaches us acceptance of what 'IS' rather than HOW WE WANT THINGS TO BE.
We develop the ability to be non judgmental, accepting and compassionate of self and others.
It offers us a rich life dominated by peace, joy and love regardless of our circumstances.
Who is Mindfulness for?
I guess the short answer to that is ANYONE and EVERYONE who has the desire to be more content, more comfortable and more at peace in their lives.
Physical and Emotional Pain: many people have problems and challenges in their lives to manage, things that won't just go away. This approach does not teach direct managment techniques. Mindfulness teaches us how to accept how things are in a way that opens up possibilities for making more use of the support systems to help us in the management process.
Anxiety: the majority of people spend a lot of their daily lives worrying about the past and the future and forgetting the moment as it is right now. By firmly placing the focus on the present and on connecting with the pleasantries in life without judgement of good or bad, mindfulness can defuse the destructive power of anxiety and other such emotions and responses.
Feeling of Missing Something: for many people, on paper, life is good. They have a roof over their heads, enough income to be comfortable, maybe a stable relationship and loving family but there is a sense of something missing in their lives that can lead to periods of deep sadness, depression or unrest. Mindfulness helps us to calm the roaming mind, to settle unsettling emotions and to be totally present to what we have in life while also opening up opportunities for a level of enrichment that has seemed unattainable.
Imagine if we were able to stay calm, avoiding major stress reactions, open to possibilities, placing our energy and focus on the next step forward in a way that feels positive and nurturing.
I wonder how that might feel for us !?
The Words You Say
Your mind believes the words you say. So, be mindful of the words you say.
If you find yourself using disempowering words, don't suppress them, just swap them with something more positive, and you'll empower yourself.
Here are some examples for some simple word swaps:
- 'I should' with 'I could'
- 'I have to' with 'I choose to' or 'I want to'
- 'I can’t' with 'I'm not willing to' or 'I can' or 'I will'
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by Pat Sawyer
My personal story of a journey from cancer back to health using
100% 'alternative' healing.