September 4, 2014
Hello, as a psychologist and practitioner of mindfulness and meditation, I thought it might be helpful to share my personal experiences in working with the mind. It can seem elusive or daunting to begin a mindfulness practice, but I have seen first hand how it changes us for the better. And the most exciting thing is that every small step counts, counts big time - just one drop of water will fill a bucket over time. Soon, you will look back and say to yourself: "wow, 6 months ago I would have done x and now I'm doing y and it feels so much better". So, when I have moments, musings, or teachings I think may help you along your journey, I will post them here. Thanks for checking in and feel free to leave a comment.
AT THE BEGINNING AND AT THE END
In the morning when you wake up, reflect on the day ahead and aspire to use it to keep a wide-open heart and mind. At the end of the day, before going to sleep, think over what you’ve done. If you fulfilled your aspiration, even once, rejoice in that. If you went against your aspiration, rejoice that you are able to see what you did and are no longer living in ignorance. This way you will be inspired to go forward with increasing clarity, confidence, and compassion.
Its funny how the benefits of practicing meditation and mindfulness sneak up on you. I was riding in the car with my family one afternoon, deep in thought. I have no idea what I was thinking of, but I was not present in the car with my family - I was somewhere else. I then felt myself getting annoyed at the sound of my son's voice as he narrated every move he made while playing Minecraft on his device. This continued for quite some time and I was just about to ask him to stop talking when I paused and became aware of the moment. I saw that he was enjoying himself, things were humming along nicely in the car and I thought, "there is enough space for him here.... I'm getting annoyed because my view is too narrow and closed". I took a breath, and connected with the wide open expansiveness of my own mind in which there was room for so much more than whatever it was I was brooding about. I no longer felt annoyed and my son happily continued to share his journey in the Minecraft world (especially since he is allotted only so much time for video games, it was nice he was able to enjoy his time).