June 22, 2020 by Alison Pearson
Mindfulness in the Time of Pandemic
Mindfulness-based therapy has been proven effective in reducing stress, anxiety and depression. While the world is tipped on its head by a global pandemic, and the airwaves are crammed with contradictory information, this practice may be the most important thing we can do to maintain good health and sanity.
A Meditation on Mindfulness
- Have you ever considered that "mindfulness" an odd name for a practice that encourages not to let our minds get in the way? Mind full of the present moment is perhaps more accurate.
- What would that be like? To be able to bring ALL of your mind to this one moment? Then to extend that to a moment or two. To have your mind quiet while you fully experience this NOW?
- What if you could experience a moment of neutrality?
- A gap between judgments?
- To experience yourself without all those judgments?
- To feel the sensation of the air on your skin?
- To experience your body breathing for you?
- To really see what is in your immediate vicinity without the judgments of your mind?
- What if with enough practice you could extend these moments of clarity into your life?
- What if your mind was trained to be of service to you, instead of coloring all your experience with its excessive chatter and negativity?
- The practice of mindfulness has this as its intention.
- In mindfulness there is a willingness to NOT KNOW.
- To experience instead of to "know" everything.
- What would that be like as a rule rather than exception?
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