Mindfulness For Everyday Life


Welcome to the mindfulness for everyday life workshop. This workshop is split into approximately twenty episodes that are about fifteen minutes each. So this first episode is about the word mindfulness. When we talk about mindfulness for every day life I think it's important to first of all define what is mindfulness? Why would we want to be more mindful? So let's jump into that I. I. Want to share some concepts and ideas that will help you to wrap your head around the overall idea of mindfulness. So, mindfulness is a set of practices that were inspired mainly by teachings from the east particularly from Buddhist traditions but it's a form of understanding the nature of our own minds You could say it's almost a philosophy a way of life and mindfulness enhances everything we do in our lives. So I want to jump into that for a moment Let's start out by defining what mindfulness is mindfulness. I'm sure you've heard of the word that's why you probably interested in this workshop in the first place. But when we hear the word mindfulness, it will probably make us think of some kind of concept to be mindful is and you fill in the blank what does that mean for you? When we're talking about mindfulness the way it was understood in the eastern traditions from which this practice comes from mindfulness is the non-judgmental observation of the present moment. It's a way of being imagine being able to sit with unexperienced that you're having. Let's take. For example, a strong emotion as you go about your day to day activities something happens, and let's say a you're driving in a car cuts you off the first thing you experiences some form of an emotion and this may be frustration that may be downright anger, but the emotion that we're experiencing is typically strong. Emphasis practice is the ability to observe the present moment in a non judgmental way, which is not to say if I mindful when the car coats me off I'm not going to be upset that's not exactly how it works. The way it works is when I'm driving in a car cuts me off and I suddenly realize I angry I can observe in a non judgmental way the emotion I'm experiencing without being angry at the fact that I may angry. Typically, what happens when we encounter a strong emotion throughout the day? We have a feeling about that emotion anger as an example is something that we typically feel aversion to. We don't like that we feel angry it's an unpleasant feeling. So when a when the feeling arises, we have an aversion to it, which immediately sets us up for a secondary layer of experience. There's the initial experience of anger that's what I'm experiencing, and now because I'm experiencing the unpleasantness of the anger, I'm also experiencing an aversion to my anger in other words I'm either mad that I mad or something along those lines. Mindfulness is essentially the practice that allows us to remain with the first layer of experience that we're having. It's a really powerful thing Viktor Frankl, the Austrian psychologist and Holocaust survivor said between stimulus and response. There is a space in that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. Close quote. Now I really like this quote because it helps me to understand what's going on in terms of practicing mindfulness by like to think of my to day life as a series of stimulus and response, and all of us experienced this as we go throughout our day, let's just say you go to work your co workers says something to you or your boss says something to you, and there you go. That's the stimulus. Next is the response I may respond. And I'm not talking about necessarily responding with words it may be responding immediately with thoughts like I'm angry that my boss said this or did this and immediately when I experienced anger, that's another stimulus another response I'm experiencing anger that's the stimulus. What's my response to experiencing anger for most of us? It's an aversion to the anger that were feeling

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