On time-lapse photography and the practice of mindfulness. How cultivating moment by moment awareness brings insight and equanimity.
Understanding history is an important way to gain wisdom, deepen understanding, and prevent the repetition of past mistakes. Seeing the world from other perspectives makes us more compassionate and flexible. Studying the roots of mindfulness brings similar benefits to practice.
Mindfulness in ACTion is a monthly column by Angie Hardage, LMLP offering nuggets of wisdom and practical tools drawn from an Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) approach. This month’s post is about the power of emotions.
The practice of mindfulness can help free us from the tyranny of I, me and mine, teaching us to take things less personally, feel more connected, and respond with greater compassion and wisdom. Over time, we can learn to cultivate a quality of being that is relatively free of self-identification.
Paul Silverman, practitioner member of the Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness shares how his mindfulness practice has helped him to live in the moment. Read how he turned a personal tragedy into an act of compassion for others.
Mindfulness can be a revolutionary act of intrinsic empowerment. Practicing mindful inquiry in the face of difficult, intense, or overwhelming experiences is an empowering way of maintaining equanimity and remaining connected to our internal wisdom.
There is a long tradition in the mindfulness community of “leaving one’s homeland” – traveling to a quiet, secluded place away from the distractions and attachments of daily life – in order to focus exclusively on practice and reflection.
Mindfulness is a skill and can be learned as a way to reclaim your power and rewire your brain for improved focus, equanimity, and emotion regulation. In the face of a culture that encourages mindlessness and reactivity, practicing mindfulness is an empowering means of asserting authorship of your psychological and emotional well-being.
What distinguishes a mindfulness practice from other types of practices that support wellbeing? Its no surprise to me that mindfulness has become a household word in recent years. It is a way of living that is both elegantly simple and exceedingly powerful. When practiced skillfully, it becomes nothing less than transformative.
Additional research is needed, but currently the data is showing that instructor training does indeed matter. Studies suggest that a higher level of Mindfulness Based Program teacher training may be linked to higher wellbeing outcomes, lower perceived stress, and greater service satisfaction among participants.
Beginner’s mind is an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when approaching a person or a situation. It’s a useful strategy for practicing applied mindfulness and staying connected to the present moment when anxiety drags us into “what if” and future-based thinking.