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Charlton B. Hall LMFT/S
Think about the last time you were stressed out or depressed about something. Hold that thought in your mind and ask yourself, "Was the stress due to something that happened in the past? Was it about something that may or may not happen in the future? How much of what I was anxious about has to do with right now, at this very moment, as I read this sentence?"
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to what is happening right now, in this moment.
By focusing on our experiences in the now, from moment to moment, we come to realize that we are free to choose which thoughts and feelings to pay attention to, and which thoughts and feelings not to focus on. This doesn't mean that we're trying to stop thinking or feeling. It means that we're just making a conscious choice on how much attention to focus on those thoughts or feelings.
The past only exists in our memories. The future is only a projection of the past. Anxiety about future events is the result of playing the odds based on past experiences and expecting similar occurrences to happen in the future. Mindfulness is a way of using the present moment to choose what to believe about the past and the future. We can choose which memories to pay attention to, and which projections about the future to focus our attention on. Mindfulness isn't about trying to make anxious or depressing thoughts and feelings go away. It is about choosing whether or not to dwell on such thoughts and feelings.
This workbook will introduce you to some of the skills and techniques of mindfulness. Designed to be completed on your own at home, it contains exercises that will help you to live a more mindful existence.
- Publication Date:
- 1546330836 / 9781546330837
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 8.5" x 11"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Body, Mind & Spirit / Mindfulness & Meditation