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Leaves on a Stream

Mindfulness Exercise (1) Sit in a comfortable position and either close your eyes or rest them gently on a fixed spot in the room. (2) Visualize yourself sitting beside a gently flowing stream with leaves floating along the surface of the water. Pause 10 seconds. (3) For the next few minutes, take each thought that enters your mind and place it on a leaf… let it float by.  Do this with each thought – pleasurable, painful, or neutral.  Even if you have joyous or enthusiastic thoughts, place them on a leaf and let them float by. (4) If your thoughts momentarily stop, continue to watch the stream.  Sooner or later, your thoughts will start up again.  Pause 20 seconds. (5) Allow the stream to flow at its own pace.  Don’t try...

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mindfulness works

Mindfulness Works

Imagine a chair in front of you.  You try to push it but there is a person on the other side holding it strong so it won't budge.  That is how life is without mindfulness.  You keep pushing and pushing and all you see is the chair and the hands holding it. Imagine the person lets go and moves the chair to the side.  The chair is still in the room but all of a sudden it is no longer the only thing you can see.  You are able to look around the room. Mindfulness helps you to be in existence with your thoughts.  The chair is your thoughts.  ...

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Rewire Your Brain

Rewire Your Brain – Mindfulness

Some months ago I talked about the Vicious Cycle in treating forms of Depression. I learned that medication is effective in treating the most severe symptoms.  But it is intended as a band-aid while you work on the source of the illness. That begs the question, "What is the source?" Recently, my therapist shed some light ...

Some months ago I talked about...

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Mindfullness

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present.  When you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience. Mindfulness can involve: Bringing one’s complete attention to the present experience on a moment-to-moment basis. A nonelaborative, nonjudgmental, present-centered awareness in which each thought, feeling, or sensation that arises in the attentional field is acknowledged and accepted as it is. Conscious awareness of one's current thoughts, feelings, and surroundings.  An orientation that is characterized by curiosity, openness, and acceptance. Mindfulness is practiced in Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and others (etc.) This practice, inherited from...

Mindfulness is a state of acti...

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