Mindful Meditation Lessens Stress

by | Jul 26, 2018 | Mental Health

Mindful Meditation created a life that lessens stress in my What Now? In 1995, I went on a quest to find a meditation practice. I resisted meditation due to the perception that meditation is a religion, and you have to sit for a long time. I’m comfortable with my religion as a Christian, and I learned that Mindful Meditation doesn’t mean sitting for hours. Mindful Meditation is a practice for living an authentic life and reducing stress.

Practicing Mindful Meditation was a challenge at first. Sitting doing nothing is not one of my traits.  I learned that meditating for 10 minutes or an hour is a blessing to go within and feel peaceful.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, one of the foremost authors on mindfulness, says in his national best selling book “Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life.”

 “Mindfulness is simply about being yourself and knowing something about who that is. It is about coming to realize that you are on a path whether you like it or not, namely, the path that is your life. Meditation may help us see that this path we call our life has direction; that it is always unfolding, moment by moment: and that what happens now, in this moment, influences what happens next.

Mindful Meditation accepts without judgment our feelings and thoughts in the moment. Breathing is the way mindfulness opens space to accept whatever is happening.

Mindful Meditation may not be an option to reduce stress. But it might be worth checking into this practice.

Peace and Blessings,

Dr. Barbara

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