Mindfulness training can help us realize, open to, and explore the infinite possibilities available to us so that we can exercise some degree of choice in how we relate and respond to ourselves, others, and the world. Through practice, we can develop greater awareness of our ways of looking and the wisdom to choose a perspective that is of greatest benefit to all.
When we are operating on autopilot, we are vulnerable to being caught up in a self-perpetuating downward spiral of reactivity that, for some people, can lead to depression and anxiety. Training in mindfulness can help disrupt this painful pattern. A self-perpetuating upward spiral gains momentum, cultivating greater equanimity and wellbeing.
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.