Mindfulness is being fully present with your experience here now,
paying attention with compassionate curiosity.
You can live mindfully with whatever is here, whether pleasant, unpleasant or neutral. Kind Awareness opens up choices to self care, advocate, be proactive with what you want and need.
Being fully present with your unpleasant experience does not mean tolerating abuse. Your awareness gives you choice and energy to act for your best health and safety.
Meditation is how we practice this presence and get better at being compassionately self aware.
To Practice Meditation, choose one focus and bring your attention back to your focus every time your mind wanders. 10x, 100x, 1000x...
Focus on one of these - breathing or body sensations, a visualisation or an activity.
Whether you spend a min, 10 min or 30 min, start where you can, with what you enjoy and go from there. Mind chatter is normal.
Be kind to yourself.
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Thich Nhat Hanh
To be mindful is to be fully present with whatever we are doing. If you are drinking tea, just drink your tea.... Read more
Jamie Catto's amusing explanation of how being kindly present with our discomfort allows our self-healing process to resolve unfinished stress held in our system.
Thich Nhat Hanh - The Four Qualities of Love
Mindful eating and eating more of foods that enhance our body's calm response. Read more here
Dr Tony Fernando on neuroscience of happiness and how mindfulness makes a difference to our happiness and wellbeing. here
Here's what meditators find over time
Rick Hanson - "Besides feeling good in its own right, opening to love heals psychological wounds, builds resilience, and supports personal growth. In your brain, love calms down the stress response and reduces activation in the neural circuits of physical and emotional pain. It nourishes moral behaviour and helps keep you out of needless conflicts with others. And cultivating a loving heart is central to spiritual practice in every tradition."
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