Monday, September 9, 2013
Mindfulness Can Improve Your Life - Here's Why
I have been interviewed many times about Mindfulness. Below are my answers to some key questions to help you understand why mindfulness is more than just meditation and can be such a key component of a happy, healthy, and successful life.
Dr Melanie: "Mindfulness means deliberately and gently guiding your attention to whatever you are noticing, thinking, perceiving, or sensing right at this moment. You can begin in the shower or while washing dishes. Notice the warmth of the water, the smell of the soap, the sight of the bubbles, the feeling of being clean or making something clean. Notice what you are thinking and feeling. Are you in the moment or is your mind already doing the next errand or planning your day? Can you begin to slow it down and gently bring it back?"
Melanie: "Mindfulness is kinder and more objective way of relating to your own thoughts and feelings, It can help you feel more comfortable with them, deepen your emotional experience, while at the same time making it more peaceful and less frightening. When psychotherapy leads to recollection of painful memories, Mindfulness is a powerful tool to keep you grounded and stop your brain's fear centers from taking over. With repeated practice, it can have an uplifting effect, making you more resilient and positive and less emotionally reactive. This helps you make faster progress in therapy as you with less pain and distress. You will have a powerful new tool to deal with feelings and calm your brain down."
Posted by Melanie Greenberg at 12:59 AM