I Practice Mindfulness

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 513 People

    Be reminded that "This Is Water.

    " - David Foster Wallace
    mistydawnFL mistydawnFL
    36-40, F
    Jul 14, 2015

    The air smells of rain,

    the radio is playing softly, I'm taking my curlers out and arranging the ringlets. It's a soft morning. The thing about putting my hair up at night is that in the morning, when the rollers are removed, you're never quite sure what result you'll get. When my head hit the pillow...
    Searchingformyshalom Searchingformyshalom
    22-25, F
    3 Responses May 31, 2015

    Today I did some yoga exercises with a Wii

    workout disk. I was struck by how Yoga is really a form of mindfulness: one focuses on one's breathing, movements, and "listens" to what one's body is telling one. My body alas was telling me that I am very out of shape. Still it was a good session.
    JoannaBe JoannaBe
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Apr 2, 2015

    I have been lying to myself,

    claiming I practice mindfulness. Nonsense. I have been expecting to change but unwilling to really change. Whenever something bad happened I would loose mindfulness, become depressed or over anxious, blaming myself or blaming others. I have been thinking that mindfulness is...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Apr 12, 2015

    Just Thoughts

    Most of the thoughts that roam around our heads are completely inane and useless! My thoughts do not make me a good or a bad person, because guess what? Thoughts aren’t real. They are just fleeting ideas that I can control or I can let them control me...
    RoseIam RoseIam
    41-45, F
    5 Responses Nov 4, 2013
    lk092690 lk092690
    22-25, F
    1 Response Feb 27

    "The present moment is filled with joy

    and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it."- Thich Nhat Hanh
    Quietanalysis Quietanalysis
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Jan 27

    Today at church our bishop visited,

    and she talked about the desirability of 15 minutes a day of sitting there to be with God, whether it is in prayer or paying attention to one's breath. As I listened to the sermon though it was a good one, my head started to ache again a bit, so I put her words into practice. I...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe
    41-45, F
    1 Response Oct 18, 2015
    estrella77 estrella77
    36-40, F
    Jun 5, 2015

    After climbing out of the emotional hole last

    night, I looked around at today and saw that it was a good day. My reality has not changed much from yesterday to today. But my perception of it changed. Perception of reality makes such a difference. A coworker of mine commented that I look younger today than yesterday. Yes...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Apr 8, 2015

    Six steps to living in the moment 1: To

    improve your performance, stop thinking about it (unselfconsciousness).  2: To avoid worrying about the future, focus on the present (savoring).  3: If you want a future with your significant other, inhabit the present (breathe).  4: To make the most of time, lose track of it...
    FindMeElsewhere FindMeElsewhere
    22-25
    Sep 21, 2015
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Jul 23, 2015

    Are headaches a distraction

    or an aid in mindfulness or neither? For me, I would say that a headache in a weird way helps with mindfulness. A headache makes it harder for me to think about the past or future, and keeps me more grounded in the present, through that current ache that I cannot ignore. If I...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Mar 31, 2015

    This morning I used my lamp to fight seasonal

    depression. I used it correctly this time around: sitting so that the light is no more than 12 inches from my face. When I sit like that, I cannot really do other stuff. I just need to be for a while: me and the light. Then I used the netipot for my sinuses. When there is...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe
    41-45, F
    4 Responses Oct 22, 2015

    What are some of your favorite mindfulness

    activities? I enjoy coloring Mandalas, taking a bubble bath, yoga, tree sitting, and cleaning to name a few.
    adianoeta adianoeta
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Jan 8

    So I have been reading a book about mindfulness,

    Sylvia Boorstein's "It's Easier Than You Think." And in the book I have been reading about how "this too shall pass" and about how "life is unsatisfactory" but be need to be careful not to let this cause us to have aversion toward life experiences. And how the issues wen counter...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Apr 7, 2015

    Yesterday I had a very stressful day at work

    combined with low self esteem. Today I had a choice. I could have talked about how bad yesterday. I could have continued thinking about it. Hey, I even had an invitation by someone on here to explain what had been stressing me, and I explained that enumerating my grievances...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe
    41-45, F
    1 Response Apr 16, 2015

    Non-attachment Vs. Compassion

    Can someone please help me clarify this? To avoid suffering, we need to lose our attachment to the world. Yet to do that, we need to develop compassion for the world. How can I apply this to my own life? I am at the brink of a divorce after a 13-year unhappy marriage. We have...
    SleeplessKnight SleeplessKnight
    41-45, M
    4 Responses Jul 16, 2013

    I am training my ears

    and mind to hear bird song even when there is lots of other noise around. The birds center me in the now and calm me.
    JoannaBe JoannaBe
    41-45, F
    1 Response Apr 21, 2015

    I am learning about mindfulness.

    I started the book by Osho "Mindfulness in the Modern World", but 30 pages into the book I have decided to put this book into recycling. I have now read several pages that have basically encouraged aversion! The last couple of pages were a vociferous diatribe against the pope...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Apr 9, 2015

    Lately, I've been having trouble being properly

    mindful. It can be a hard practice to keep up when memories and flashbacks try to overtake you. I admit lately I keep the television on a lot. I like crime dramas. They provide just enough mental stimulation to distract me most of the time. I know that completely counteracts...
    Searchingformyshalom Searchingformyshalom
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Apr 8, 2015

    My mindfulness joy

    How life altering mindfulness has been on my thoughts and way of life. So often caught in the turmoil that ruminating in emotional mind brings, that was exhausted by the stresses of life and felt almost defeated by the challenges of what appeared a ominous future. Then I found...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Sep 5, 2013

    So there I was trying to be mindful on the

    drive to work this morning. Caught myself a lot of times thinking anxious thoughts that were not about my present moment. Then I chided myself for having anxious thoughts. Then I chided myself for chiding myself instead of accepting non-judgmentally. Then I chided myself for...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Mar 30, 2015

    We see with our eyes,

    we perceive with our senses...the color of the sky, the sound of the bird chirping or the vehicles passing, the touch of the breeze. All these outer things that we perceive..are just as they are. And then there is our response to these things at the very moment we perceive them...
    DropsOfRain DropsOfRain
    26-30, F
    1 Response Sep 17, 2015

    Fantastic method to calm the mind

    and illustrate the strong connection between mind and body
    mypath43 mypath43
    41-45, F
    5 Responses Jun 30, 2014

    Ok, I think I now understand

    why in the past days I have been annoyed at minor details. You see I was home sick with bronchitis, staid home for 5 days to recuperate. I watched a lot of TV and spent a lot of time on social media. Opportunity lost. I had all this time and needed to recuperate, and instead...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe
    41-45, F
    1 Response Oct 7, 2015

    A few days back, i read this article about how

    much we are not aware while eating food, we are not aware of the food which goes inside our bodies, nourishes us and eventually becomes a part of us.. Since then, i realized i was more mindful while eating. I didn't decide about being mindful, it just came naturally as a...
    DropsOfRain DropsOfRain
    26-30, F
    2 Responses May 16, 2015

    Writing meditation. Taking 10-15 min to write

    down your goals and see it affect your behaviour . Gonna give this a try http://www.mindfulnessmeditationinstitute.org/download.php?file=Loving-Kindness%20Writing%20Meditation.pdf
    MrHeartaFire MrHeartaFire
    41-45, M
    1 Response Apr 20, 2015

    Has anyone else thought

    that really listening to birds may be really important? We hear bird song a lot (at least where I live), but much of the time it becomes background noise, not something to pay attention to and listen. Do we have our priorities all wrong? Is it just our arrogance that makes us...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe
    41-45, F
    5 Responses Apr 15, 2015

    Conscious Enough

    Easy enough. Throughout faerie's life, I have been conscious enough with my responsibilities. There's my family, until it dissolved and emerged with a son and a dog. The outside family, in-laws and other relations... uhmm, I tried, really, really tried to be conscious enough of...
    Sylphy Sylphy
    41-45, F
    4 Responses Dec 10, 2012

    My Favorite Place

    My favorite place is where I am right now. This is where I can be happy. Others chase "over there", where the grass is greener. More money, a bigger house, a better car. Those things do not buy happiness. I don't need anyone else to be happy, either. The key to...
    SleeplessKnight SleeplessKnight
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Jun 26, 2013

    Attended a mindfulness group today.

    I found it difficult to relax at first because of the extremely hot looking guy facing me. I was eventually able to calm down after turning my back to him and facing a wall. JESUS!
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Feb 19

    Hey here's the TEDTalk on 10min meditation

    /mindfulness a day with Andy Puddingcomb. Scientifically your brain synapses can get retrained in 10 days so you are calmer . It's why then Buddhist monks are like always so peaceful. In this day and age mindfulness is such a breath of fresh ahttp://youtu.be/qzR62JJCMBQir. Enjoy...
    MrHeartaFire MrHeartaFire
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Mar 29, 2015

    As of last year, this is a new concept

    for me, but it is appealing. Especially as I am looking to recover from PTSD and I need a way to let go of anxiety. I practice by sitting out in a lawn chair in the sun, being one with nature. I am so antsy though that it is difficult. I have more knowledge of how to practice...
    Solfeggio Solfeggio
    36-40, F
    4 Responses Jun 4, 2014

    Are you mindful during sex?

    I find that I enjoy it more. I pay more attention to the physical sensations and the lust. Such a sweet taste. I notice the difference between before and after climax. No rush and when it comes, it feels so much better. A sense of fulfillment and satisfaction envelops my being...
    WearOutKyd WearOutKyd
    26-30, M
    Feb 24

    I always get asked; how are you always

    so confident, so calm, collected, and in control. Most people assume that they can't be the same way, and that just isn't true.. It's about controlling yourself, your mind, and your emotions. In order to control those subconscious urges that your brains thinks it doesn't have to...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Mar 12

    I try and I'm halfway decent some of the time.

    I keep wondering if there will ever be a point when I don't have to try. When I will always know myself and my desires. Or when I will just know myself and have no desire? Is that the goal? To be without desire? I like my desire. It makes me feel alive. I wonder if it will ever...
    hisdudeness3 hisdudeness3
    31-35, M
    May 8, 2015

    During today's meditation I had the insight

    that thus far I had been approaching mindfulness as an exercise in observation of my thoughts and emotions, noticing whenever they strayed from the present, but also keeping track off and analyzing those stray thoughts, establishing that they were mostly this or that way. My...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Apr 6, 2015

    There are different ways to answer the question

    "How are you?" One can answer on autopilot "Fine. How are you?" But then it is meaningless and potentially untruthful. One can start to explain what bothers one. But let's face it most people asking that question do not want to hear that, and it's not like enumerating one's...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe
    41-45, F
    3 Responses Apr 5, 2015

    Today I went on a mindful walk.

    I was very much in the here and now, very aware of my own movements and my surroundings, but most aware of the wind against my face. I started out trying to turn away from the wind, but then decided to just pay attention to it and let it hit my face in whatever way it happened...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe
    41-45, F
    6 Responses Mar 28, 2015

    Started a great new book "Zen

    and the Art of Consciousness" by Susan Blackmore. The author contemplates things such as when one asks the question "Am I conscious now?" one awakens. When a clock strikes one might become conscious at the fourth strike and yet know that it is the fourth one though one was not...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe
    41-45, F
    Apr 10, 2015

    No, actually I have been neglecting my

    mindfulness big time, and I have gotten to the point of overdosing on caffeine resulting in brain fog. I've got to stop consuming caffeine, for a few days I will get headaches but then my mind should clear, and I so need that.
    JoannaBe JoannaBe
    41-45, F
    4 Responses May 7, 2015

    Now you tell me! I just started reading a book

    by Osho on Mindfulness, and in the introduction he points out that the morning sets the tone for the day. And I started the morning by recalling my frustration with something that happened last evening. Right. Note to self: tomorrow morning start the day mindfully.
    JoannaBe JoannaBe
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Apr 9, 2015
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