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.
"Listen to your gut" can be dubious advice. Mindfulness can increase awareness of our gut instincts and allow us to include other important information that may be available in a given situation. This helps us respond with greater wisdom and increases the likelihood that outcomes will be more satisfying for all involved.
When we practice mindfulness, much of what we are practicing is being accurately self- and other-aware. Bias and stereotyping are distortions of reality. Mindfulness helps us learn to see through some of the illusions and distortions our human minds are vulnerable to and make wise decisions about them.
The Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness is celebrating one year as an official entity. Take a look at what has transpired since we took the plunge.
Its difficult enough to maintain a dedicated formal mindfulness practice in this culture of busyness and striving. Its another thing altogether to endeavor to embody the practices in everyday life. The ideal environment of a dedicated practice space offers conditioned cues for dropping in and minimizes worldly distractions. The real world is full of noise, … Continue reading Embodying Practice