Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
"Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment." - Jon Kabat-Zinn
Does mindfulness mean that I can stop my thoughts? When I meditate can I just clear my mind? These are common questions that I get asked by students and clients alike. The answer is probably not. Asking the mind to stop having thoughts is like asking your heart to stop beating or your lungs to stop breathing. Hearts beat and lungs breathe because it is their nature. They do not know otherwise and the consequence of them not performing these vital actions would be devastating. The nature of the mind is to have thoughts. An endless stream of past and future constructs. It is through mindfulness and meditation that we can shift the way in which we identify to this continuous stream to create space and freedom from limiting self beliefs.
Take a look at the picture below. What do you notice? Many people will say they see birds. That is totally right. AND there is a sky. With birds in it. Our minds are like a sky. It is an infinite field of awareness that thoughts, judgments, ideas, and feelings move through. The point is that we cannot stop our thoughts. As long as a person has brain activity(and I hope that is for a very long time) you will have thoughts moving in and our of your mind. Mindfulness helps us to shift our relationship to our thoughts without identifying with the incessant flucuations. Just as a
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is a combination of meditation, body awareness, breathing, and gentle movement. It can help to:
- Increase your ability to cope with stress, chronic pain, and the challenges of every day life.
- Face the curve balls that life often throws with grace, compassion, and acceptance
- Be more fully present in your life by letting the "inner auto pilot" take a permanent vacation.