On a warm day, spread a blanket on the ground and watch the clouds pass by over-head. You’ll be lost to the world and completely involved in the actively. You’ll be mindfully watching the clouds, body relaxed, now focused.
Stop worrying about whether you can achieve mindfulness or not. The worry prevents the process. The less you think about your ability to achieve a mindful state of being, the easier it is for you to accomplish it. It is up to each of us to create the kind of life we want. You can’t have the life you desire, unless you consent to live it. Allowing small shifts in behavior begins to create change within your body’s chemistry and within your thoughts. You are secreting fewer stress hormones. You are producing more feelgood endorphins. Your autonomic nervous system is balanced. You realize you enjoy the results of the changes you are making, and the heightened pleasure creates the motivation to continue your transformational journey. Mindful acceptance of a physical illness, including issues we usually think of as emotional distress, is like wrapping a cold infant into a warm blanket. Mindful
acceptance means you have stopped fighting against an illness and stopped fighting against life. Fear causes us to fight anything we feel is harmful or unpleasant. Acceptance causes positive change. When you’ve stopped the war against an illness, against yourself for getting sick, and against your medical helpers, true healing begins. This change in attitude does not mean you’ve given up. It simply means your mind, body and spirit are free to create wellness and you have begun to trust the process of life. Janet Nestor is an author, speaker, and a holistically minded licensed professional counselor with a diplomat in energy psychology. She specializes in working with individuals and groups, teaching and empowering participants to find their life path and their joy. An expert in stress and anxiety management, Janet has written two books on the subject. Her first book, Pathways to Wholeness, is a mindfulness guidebook empowering readers to adopt a more relaxed, now focused and joy-filled life. She recently released Nurturing Wellness through Radical Self-Care: A Living in Balance Guide and Workbook. Like Jon Kabat-Zinn’s books on mindfulness-based stress reduction, this inspirational guide will be your constant companion on the journey to lasting wellness. Learn more at www.mindfulpathways.com
“ If you don’t take ca
re of your body, where are you going to live? ” Unknown
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Sit quietly. Tell yourself, “I am now listening for my next thought”. As you listen for your thought your mind is focused on when the next thought will appear. The silence of listening may last for 2 seconds or for 10 minutes. If your mind is quiet for 2 seconds, and this is a first for you, congratulations!
Published on Feb 3, 2013
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