Mindfulness For Reactivity, Putting It Into Practice!

Mindfulness is the opposite of mindlessness, mindfulness gurus acknowledge the “wisdom of the present,” that is: no future event or past memory deserves as much attention as the moment at hand. Today in an effort to keep things practical, we’ll go over mindfulness exercises. After all, that’s what mindfulness is: a practice! As is the case with most ideas that enhance our well being- they’re worth nothing without practice.

Mindfulness Exercise: Body Scan Meditation

There are several variations of this meditative practice, and for good reason, it is deeply grounding. As I’ve mentioned, “The Mindfulness Solution” by Dr. Ronald Siegel is a great resource, and Siegel’s own variation of this exercise (and the one below) appear in the book. To take yourself through the Body Scan Meditation:

Mindfulness Exercise: Letting Go of your Thoughts

“Letting go of thoughts” is intended for folks who struggle with worry and anxiety. Worry lives in “what if” thoughts and active imaginations. This practice reminds us that “thoughts are just thoughts!” There is nothing truer than the present moment, so let go of the temptation to live in future anxieties. There’s nothing worthwhile there!

In addition to the basic breathing exercise described in my last post, try these as well. See what changes you notice in your thought patterns, interactions, and emotional experiences. Happy meditating!

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