Mindfulness: the New Black

“Mindfulness is the new black,’ the Huffington Post decreed.

Yes, mindfulness has become fashionable. But this doesn’t mean it’s a passing fad, with all the superficiality that implies. Being in the now is something that can change your life.

‘It promotes awareness of the moment as an alternative to submerging yourself in painful, stressful or unpleasant memories from the past, or anxiety over the future. It teaches you how to see your thoughts and feelings and to observe them; to not over-identify with them, or get caught up in them.’                                                                      Fairlady Magazine

With practice it becomes easier to watch thoughts in the mind, and this simple observation creates a degree of distance. (Chapter 3: Creating Distance). Imagine yourself standing in a river when it comes down in flood. You will probably drown. If you’re in the shallows near the bank, you may still get swept away. But if you’re standing on a bridge watching the water swirl past below, you are safe from the torrent. Imagine that the river is the flow of thoughts and emotions that go through your head. Standing on the bridge gives you perspective; it gives you the opportunity to respond rather than react.

Try observing the constant stream of chatter in your head whenever you remember. Come into the Now. If something upsets you, picture yourself on the bridge before you react.

What did you find?

Remember to be kind and gentle with yourself always.

The full book can be downloaded as an e-book from Amazon on  http://www.amazon.com/Living-Now-Jill-Jacques-ebook/dp/B009FBT0QU/  or, Search by typing in: Living in the Now by Jill Jacques 

 

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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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