Updated: Jun 18
Like many people, mindfulness practices have helped me feel more joy and purpose in my life, as well as a deeper connection with others. I recommend mindfulness practices for my patients.
Feeling better through Mindfulness Practices
Mindfulness practices such as meditation lowers our stress levels and helps us connect with our true self. Start by meditating 10 minutes a day. The earlier this is done after waking up the better. This will set you up for the day and help keep your focus on the present with an open heart, allowing you to respond positively for whatever arises. There are great apps that make this easier including Waking up, Calm, Zen, InsightTimer and MyLife Meditation just to name a few.
As we progress in our mindfulness practices, we develop more insight and less of a tendency to react emotionally to things. Instead, we can observe from a distance and react with wisdom and love instead of an emotionally charged response based on how our past experiences have shaped us.
Mindfulness practices such as an attitude of gratitude help keep our consciousness on all of our good fortune and blessings. This, along with slowing down helps us be aware of and appreciate the little things and maintain the joy in our life.
Compassion for others as well as ourselves is a very big part of mindfulness practice. It is sometimes especially difficult to be easy on ourselves. Especially if we have suffered trauma or are very driven or detail oriented. We tend to constantly critique ourselves. As we grow along the path of mindfulness, we learn to love the perfect spiritual being we are as well as the imperfect human form we inhabit. This allows us to fully love and accept others as well.
Being in nature as well as reading spiritual works and associating with other spiritually minded people in Church or other settings help us maintain and strengthen our mindfulness practices. This helps us bring more focus, calm and joy into our lives.
Doug Hasell, MD