Now that you can identify your judgemental thoughts you will be able to let them go with more ease. You will be able to Observe with more clarity and let opinions and emotional judgement go by like train cars on a track. Remember we don’t want to make a judgement when we Observe. We just want to SEE.
This is my favorite section of Mindfulness…becoming Mindful In The Moment.
In my life prior to learning Mindfulness I did this..but without understanding that it was skill and a salve to my soul.
Now you are ready to learn this wonderful and effective action to help usher more peace into your life.
This exercise is about slowing life down..the way we do in Observe. We just watch what is around us as we are doing it… moment by moment.
The first time I tried Mindful In The Moment I was sitting in a chair looking out the window. The sky was blue and azure..the clouds partially blended in with the pale blue of the sky. Big white fluffy billows hung in soft puffs here and there throughout the heavens in my sight. When my thoughts wandered I brought myself back to that lovely view and stayed with it as long as I could. I just looked at the sky. That is all. I became in my mind a part of the sky.
*Do one thing at a time. When you are eating, eat. When you are walking, walk. When you are bathing, bathe. When you are working, work. When you are in a group, or a conversation, focus your attention on the very moment you are in with the other person. When you are thinking, think. When you are worrying, worry. When you are planning, plan. When you are remembering, remember. Do each thing with all of your attention. (Mindfulness handout 3)
*If other actions, or thoughts, or strong feelings distract you, LET GO OF DISTRACTIONS and go back to what you are doing again and again and again…(Mindfulness handout 3)
*CONCENTRATE YOUR MIND. If you find you are doing two things at once, stop and go back to one thing at a time. (Mindfulness handout 3)
Practicing this very effective skill can bring much peace.
Most time I use it for stress relief. But like stated above it can be used when looking at things you aren’t so comfortable with..like worrying. Worry can be done with Mindfulness. Just set the timer and worry..and do what the handouts say above…keep coming back to the worry when you are distracted to stop. In my class they said worry or ruminate for 30 minutes. When the 30 minutes are over let the rumminations go and go back to your day. Life isn’t always comfortable but it can be more peaceful even in the storms. It is up to you.
One Mindful In The Moment is living fully in each moment..in each action. When we allow ourselves this blessing our life becomes more meaningful.
~Wishing you peace on this day
The Mindful Gatekeeper