Recovery: Mindfulness

According to Wikipedia, Mindfulness is

[ ] “the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation and other training.

The term “mindfulness” is a translation of the Pali-term sati, which is a significant element of some Buddhist traditions. The recent popularity of mindfulness in the West is generally considered to have been initiated by Jon Kabat-Zinn.”

Attending to internal experiences is generally associated with Mindfulness Meditation.  Utilizing Mindfulness skills for external experiences is what I would like to give you a quick snapshot of.  Using Mindfulness when you are experiencing distress, fear, an urge, irritation–basically anything that is taking you away from homeostasis–is a very effective technique!  I will be sharing much more on this subject in the future.mindfulness intro on justruminating men's blog

Intro To Mindfulness

What is Mindfulness?

  • being fully in the present moment
  • completely “awake” and aware
  • increasing awareness of what is
  • controlling your mind vs. your mind controlling you

What Mindfulness Is NOT

  • relaxation
  • calmness
  • a way to fall asleep
  • religious/spiritual
  • a means to avoiding emotions

What Good Is Mindfulness?

  • raises awareness of connection between thoughts, feelings, behavior
  • helps us get a better perspective on events in our lives
  • helps us cope with situational and emotional stress more effectively
  • decreases suffering

How Do I Begin To Practice Mindfulness?

  • slow the event down
  • focus on what is happening
  • identify how you are feeling
  • concentrate on an object or your breathing
  • pause and mentally “step back”
  • concentrate fully on everyday things (e.g. eating, color of leaves, smells)
  • tune into the moment and the facts at hand

I found this fantastic blog where you can get started right away:

6 Mindfulness Exercises You Can Try Today

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