Day 13 of my mental health themed A to Z Challenge is M for Mindfulness.
I was first introduced to mindfulness in 2011, by a counsellor I was seeing at the time. This is the same counsellor that persuaded me to try happy pills. At that time I wasn’t in the best place to consider mindfulness as a way of helping me with my anxiety and depression. It felt like it wasn’t enough to affect me, I felt like I needed something more. I was also pretty sick of talking to this counsellor. He seemed so puzzled as to why I was unhappy and seemed to have no clue as to how to help me. So I wasn’t particularly receptive to this idea.
He suggested I took a look at this book: Mindfulness For Dummies which I dutifully purchased and then never read. I’ve been flicking through it over the last few days to get me thinking about what to write in this post but also because I feel in a more open place to how mindfulness could work in my life.
What is Mindfulness?
MIndfulness means paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, with qualities like compassion, curiosity and acceptance.
Shamash Alidana, MIndfulness for Dummies
It encourages you to live in the present without worrying about the past or thinking about the future. This can be undertaken by practicing meditation formally or informally for example when you are mindful when on a walk or washing up. This feeling of being more at peace with and more aware of the world around you is something I’m keen to explore more of. I’m also reading the book: A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled which I hope will encourage me to put more of this informal mindfulness into my life.
Let me know what you think of mindfulness and meditation? Do you practice it? Does it help you?
Thankyou for reading,
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