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TOPIC TITLE: Mindfullness - maybe it will help you
Created On 12/17/06 3:56 AM
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Belly
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12/17/06 3:56 AM
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Mindfulness
Ever wonder where our good and enjoyable times go as we
rush through life? Do you find that you are spending a great
deal of your time thinking about the future or the past, while
the present slips by? Is your mind racing, thinking ahead,
worrying, judging, and you are feeling anxious or
overwhelmed? Do you often put yourself on automatic pilot?
Mindfulness is strategy to keep your attention in the present
moment. The goal “is simply to observe- with no intention of
changing or improving anything.” Mindfulness supports living
each and every moment to the fullest as possible. It is an
attitude about life as well as a relaxation technique.
Mindfulness is a means of observing and accepting what is
occurring at the time or moment. Accepting life just as it is
right now, with all the positives and negatives, often leads to
increased confidence, calmer moods, and enhanced coping
skills. Mindfulness is awareness of the moment- that is
something that can be used at any time and place such as
working, talking, playing, or eating. Tune into the present
moment is what mindfulness is about.
Practicing mindfulness on a daily basis may not be as easy as
it sounds. Do you find yourself busy with planning, reviewing,
or talking to the exclusion and lack of awareness of the
moment? In order to nourish and train our mindfulness skills
and abilities, it is important to know what to do!
 
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redhead
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12/20/06 11:43 AM
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hey belly is this what you do?
have you actualy been able to do it in times of distress?

i guess for me when i think of mindfullness, in good times it'll really work and with mild bad times too, but not distressing times, seems there is something in it for me to keep in the pain, so my T says, and i know whats in it for me, hoping for a saviour, hey just writing about this in the moment is helping me!!
so yes it's a great tool, but i love being resistant to it.

at the moment
ever so mindfull,of the pain in the back of my head, and just letting it recead,of the saddness in my face and just letting it flow by.
hummmm.

redhead.
 
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Belly
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12/20/06 1:22 PM
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Hi
I just read about it. I'm trying to apply it. Right now I'm having a good time (bli Ayin Hara) so I can't say yet how things will be.
I believe that even if things are helping only once or twice (which we never know in advance, maybe it will always help us :-) ), they still made these two times better and that it was worth reading/learning about it.
Belly
 
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Debbi
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12/25/06 9:15 AM
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Hi Belly,
Thanks for sharing the "mindfullness" excersise with us.
It is one of the skills taught in a DBT group.
It works if one is motivated enough to apply it.
For me it becomes most difficult during times of distress, when i need it most!

take good care
debbi
 
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Belly
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12/25/06 9:21 AM
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Hi Debbi
I so understand what you mean that all this is very hard to practice when you are in distress.
I didn't have much time ot do research on this topic, but would like to find more detailed information on what to do.
Belly
 
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Dr. Lynn, Psy.D.
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12/25/06 8:05 PM
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When I teach people mindfulness, I emphasize the importance of a few things:
1) 10-15 minutes 2x/day.
2) It's best to practice when you are NOT stressed out. Many people make this mistake.
a lynn
 
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