Mindfulness

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Poppies.

 

Mindfulness is not just meditation.

It is a skill that can be applied to manage one's mood and allow for more reaction space when making choices about our behavior. It is also a means toward releasing the grip of unhelpful thoughts.

There are two components:

  1. The self-regulation of attention to experience.

  2. Relating to that experience with curiousity, openness and acceptance.

There is an abundance of research attesting to the mental and physical benefits of a regular mindfulness practice. Neuropsychology research is consistent in the demonstration of its impact on the development of limbic and cortical brain areas. It is a form of exercise for our minds. 

There are also the Sisters of Mindfulness (Gratitude, Compassion, Forgiveness, Loving-Kindness and  Acceptance). Click here to read the article I wrote about these for The Journal of Clinical Psychology (2013).

Here is a sample of a 10 minute Basic Breath Meditation:

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"You can't stop the waves but you can learn to surf."

~Jack Kornfield