So, what’s this about mindfulness and how can it help you in getting a happier life?
Mindfulness is simply focusing on the moment or a particular circumstance. It’s stopping you for a time to really take something in–maybe something in your environment, maybe a feeling you are having, maybe a craving—but in a nonjudgmental way. Mindfulness is a skill, a discipline, a habit. You’ll need to be mindful in order to get healthy. You see, un-mindfulness leads to being stagnant, stuck in a rut, but moving about your world so quickly, you lose the power to drive your life. Un-mindfulness hands over the keys to the inertia that keeps you stuck in your unhealthy habits, hurts, and hang-ups.
“Mindfulness is an awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally,” says Jon Kabat-Zinn. a thought leader and world known author, “It’s about knowing what is on your mind.”
Harnessing mindfulness can play an important role in getting healthy, finding peace from anxiety, depression or addiction and cultivating a sense of peace and freedom. It’s not so much about looking inward but training yourself to experience your feelings in a way that is not so overwhelming. Mindfulness invites you to connect to self-compassion and disconnect from the volatility of emotions that keep you in unhealthy patterns.
In developing the skill of mindfulness, you will better hold on to control of cravings. You will learn to separate yourself from the strong desires that are ultimately causing pain, and maybe even hurting others.
In a recent brain study, it only took participates fourteen minutes a day of mindfulness practice over a period of six weeks to see positive changes in the area of the brain responsible for feelings of happiness. That is not a big commitment of time to invest in feeling better.
Mindfulness is a skill you can learn. It’s an easy habit to incorporate into daily practice. Moreover, the result of mindfulness is YOU back in the driver’s seat. You’ll feel more in control, better prepared to make decisions. Most importantly, mindfulness leads to you having the ability to accept ALL of your emotions, therefore enabling you to manage what is threatening. Your anxiety and restlessness will diminish. Calm and healing will remain.
If you are struggling with overwhelming emotions, like anxiety or depression or are struggling with addiction and are interested in learning more about how mindfulness can help, please contact our office. We can get you started on your healing journey towards mindfulness and happiness.