Is Mindfulness Helpful in Healing?

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July 09, 2021

So many ask me about mindfulness and if it can help in the healing process from domestic abuse, depression, anxiety, and low self esteem. I have to say that like any other method it works for some and definitely for those who are consistently working at it.

What is Mindfulness?

According to Google Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

Now if you think this is an easily achieved state, give it a try. It takes consistent practice on a daily basis. Although it takes some people longer than others to semi master this state of mind.

How do You Practice it?

To begin Mindfulness practice is to use a form of meditation that includes self awareness.  Try to find a quiet place you can sit or lay comfortably for about 10 minutes. Close your eyes and pay attention to your breath. Breathe in, pause for a second or two, breathe out. Repeat this breathing pattern. Don’t try to clear your mind, just focus on your breathing.

Thoughts will trail in and out. Don’t put any emotion or judgement to them. Let them pass through. Pretend you are at the movie theater watching previews that you have seen before. Always bring yourself back to your breathing. This happens to everyone, don’t beat yourself up over the slight distraction.

Try this for 10 minutes. Over time you will be able to practice mindfulness in most areas of your life without trying.  Some like to play soft instrumental music, some like it silent. Either may help you stay focused.   There are also meditations that can be used for guidance and further enlightenment.  See the books that I recommend below, especially A Mindful Day by David Dillard Wright, PhD

In time you will be able to have super powers in the way of…

Removing Blinders

With your new ability to observe your surroundings, You will develop the ability to see through lies.  You may not be able to catch them all, but you may be surprised at what you do catch.  People will be less likely to pull one over on you.  This may also make you rethink your reasoning for trusting these people and carrying on a relationship with them.

Emotional detachment

Not like a robot or a psychopath.  But mindfulness will help us to not take everything personally.  Some people just do things because they are careless or manipulative people.  We are able to step back and look at the situation from a non-emotional or ego perspective.  When we are given feedback from another’s perspective, we can then investigate in ourselves it this is true or not without our feelings being hurt as much as before.  This could have saved a lot of heart ache for a lot of us, I’m sure.

Self Awareness

Being able to see yourself as you are.  What you like, dislike, absolutely love, and hate about yourself.  Being able to see the habits you would like to change and work toward that.  You’ll be able to look on We are then able to introspect and understand how certain actions made us and others feel.   Then be mindful not to treat others in the way we find unloving.

Accepting things as they are

When we don’t take everything personally it is easier to accept the things we cannot change.  We can take things in stride better.  We can start accepting situations, others, and ourselves for who and what we are.  We will be more ready to accept the days as they come and walk away from the anxiety that not accepting things brings.

See the lessons

Being able to separate yourself emotionally from the situation helps with understanding the problem or lesson you are meant to take away from it.  Situations are learning experiences and without our big ego in the way we are able to learn more readily.

Raises Empathy

Looking at your situations from the outside not only helps you to see the lesson but also see the reactions of the other involved due to their emotional attachment to the situation.  By observing you can see how others feel and learn how your actions make others feel.  We then can understand that

Be in the Moment

While we are practicing mindfulness we are in the present moment.  We are forced to remain there as we focus on our breath and learn to let go of the emotional attachment to our everyday thoughts .  This takes us out of the future and the past and helps to ease some of our anxiety in our day to day existence.

Being in the moment helps us to feel more free and allow us to have a full experience.  People who let go and be in the present moment have a richer, happier, and longer life.

Conclusion

In the midst of this crazy life we can find a space inside ourselves that is free of the chaos of the world.  If we are only able to actively retreat to that place for 10-15 minutes per day, we will reap many benefits.  As we continue practicing mindfulness, we will start to use it throughout the day without trying,   It will also become a go to tool for high anxiety situations.  Mindfulness could in fact change your life.

Books I use and recommend

With all the struggles of modern life, it’s easy to get lost in a whirlwind of stress, worry, and indifference. Between work, family, and day-to-day tasks, it can be hard to find a moment of peace. By taking just a few minutes a day to meditate, you can improve your physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

Mindfulness Toolbox – At last, an authoritative book filled with mindfulness tools that deliver an essential set of engaging, practical strategies along with key research and evidence-based information. The awareness boosting methods in this guidebook offer participants a means of reappraising and observing negative and anxious thoughts, habits, pain, and stress in fresh ways that produce new insight, positive change, and a sense of hope.

MINDFULNESS reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that you can incorporate into daily life to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness, and exhaustion. It promotes the kind of happiness and peace that gets into your bones. It seeps into everything you do and helps you meet the worst that life throws at you with new courage.

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