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A Mindfulness Practice, mine has four parts


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Mindfulness for me, has four parts or sides. One part is practice, time on the cushion, as the Buddhist say.

 

This quiet time is where we build our focus. Most people see this as so mundane and boring that daily practice becomes impossible. Many distractions frustrate 90% of those who try. You need a purpose to persevere and start a successful Mindfulness Practice.


The second part is application. After we have built our focus, explored our inner world, the next step is application. Check in as often as you can during the day, where is your focus? Are you lost in thought? Our goal is to spend more time in the present moment, each day growing a little.

 


The third part is dependent on the first two parts. We need strong focus, resilience in our nervous system and courage in this third part.

 

When a trigger explodes (fight or flight firing), our goal is to focus on the breath, feel the body sensation, then let go of the storyline. This does not happen immediately.

 

Maybe with eyes open we trace our breathing model for a few breaths. We try to dissipate the cortisol and adrenaline a little more each time. Confidence is gained each time we face this fear.

 


The last part tries to place ourselves in a space where happiness thrives. We try to observe life in the present moment more and more each day. It is a way of life if practiced with purpose.
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Purpose is needed for change

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Our mind responds best to stimuli that is simple, concrete, and immediate.

 

 

If that stimuli contains a strong enough purpose, we will take action.

 

 

Example 1: Weight loss
simple, concrete, immediate: change food intake, increase exercise, increase positive self-image practice (Meditate, affirmations), good snacks when hunger calls, willpower.

 

 


Example 2: improve my PTSD
simple, concrete, immediate: focus on awareness and letting go, affirmations everyday, meditation (mindfulness) practice (nothing simpler), aerobic exercise, constant vigilance of where my mind has wandered, a focus plan for panic attacks, resilience (willpower)

 

 

If you are a coach, personal trainer, or a therapist, inspiring clients to take action is the challenge.

 


Change does not happen without action.

 

 


Actions overcome words, thoughts and emotions.

 

 


What purpose is important enough for you to take action?
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