MINDFULNESS AND MENTAL ILLNESS

Interesting comment from David Helfgott, the Australian concert pianist, about mindfulness. When still quite young, Helfgott was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and spent time in mental institutions. He said:

‘My experiences in mental institutions taught me to live in the moment. Without doing that, I don’t think I would have got through my time there. These experiences also taught me patience, as one does not have control over anything.’

Learning to accept what we cannot change (Chapt 4 : Acceptance) makes it easier to live in the Now, rather than resisting it endlessly in our minds. The present moment is the only reality.

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About Jill M Jacques

I grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and have spent most of my life here doing the usual things - marrying, having children and caring for an array of pets ranging from dogs to silkworms and chameleons. I first became interested in philosphy and its practical application in everyday life in my early 20s and spent many years as part of a group that pursued this goal. Drawing on this experience, I have been running "How to live in the Now" programmes for over 10 years. I wrote this book in response to requests from group members for something "simple and practical". I tend to see the funny side of life situations and enjoy writing humorous back pages as well as short stories and some poetry. Some of these have been published. Being here now is what really matters.
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