Life can be tough. No matter who you are, at some stage in your life you will experience a relationship breakdown, the death of a loved one, or maybe get made redundant or unemployed.
During these life events you will experience a whole range of emotions; anger, fear, grief, loneliness and resentment. Maybe all of them at once.
As humans we process our thoughts and feelings in both healthy and sometimes unhealthy ways. Some of us will judge and punish ourselves for our perceived failures and shortcomings.
However, research now shows us that mindfulness can make a difference to the levels of contentment or happiness we have in our lives. Practicing mindfulness – paying attention, non-judgmentally, moment to moment, can help to reduce those unhealthy feelings we sometimes place upon ourselves.
Like learning any new skill, mindfulness requires practice.
Starting with small goals, you can slowly build up to establishing a short daily meditation or sitting routine.
The basics of mindfulness practice
1) Focus your attention on breathing
2) Recognise and notice what is happening in your mind and body
3) Allow whatever comes up, or the thoughts that come into your mind, to come and go without judgement, resistance or grasping.
Remember… You are not your thoughts, and you don’t have to believe them.
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