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Mindfulness inner wisdom

  1. 1. There’s a center of quietness within, which has to be known and held. If you lose the center, you are in tension and begin to fall apart. ~Joseph Campbell~
  2. 2. Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. ~Dr. Seuss~
  3. 3. Life is not what it's supposed to be. It’s what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference. ~Virginia Satir~
  4. 4. Virtue – regulating ourselves and establish a wholesome balance  Mindfulness – skillful use of attention to both inner and outer worlds  Wisdom – selecting the better path over the harmful one; letting go of those things that hurt and strengthening those that help 
  5. 5. We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grassgrows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls. ~Mother Teresa~
  6. 6. The highest form of activity…. ~Aristotle~ A kind of action which sets into motion all the creative forces of the universe. ~Thomas Troward~
  7. 7. Paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally. ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn ~
  8. 8. A valuable skill  Taught for thousands of years in many faith traditions  To be aware of the present moment  To help people cope  To help reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, distress, and pain 
  9. 9. Using our capacity for consciousness, we can change perspective on ourselves, giving a sense of space where once there was only habit. Discipline means restraining the habitual movement of the mind, so that instead of blind impulse there can be clear comprehension. ~Mark Epstein~
  10. 10. ~ Awareness ~ Openness to experience ~ Inner knowing ~ Freedom from compulsion ~ Ability to give/receive affection ~ Sense of purpose ~ Ability to cope with setbacks
  11. 11. Why is it important?  Helps you focus on one thing at a time in the present moment, thereby helping to control and soothe overwhelming emotions  Helps you learn to identify and separate judgmental thoughts from your experiences  Helps you access your internal wisdom of knowing
  12. 12. about being fully aware of whatever is happening in the present moment without the lend of judgment  consists of cultivating awareness of the mind and body and living in the here and now  simply, observing, watching and examining – and helping us become aware of ourselves  the art of conscious living 
  13. 13. Offers a space to step outside of our thoughts and simply observe them as they come and go  Experience deeper states of acceptance and peace  The journey of discovering that your own heart is a noble path 
  14. 14.  Don’t expect anything  Let your effort be relaxed and steady  Don’t rush (sit as though you have the whole day)  Accept whatever arises. Don’t cling to anything; don’t reject anything  Be gentle  Loosen up and let go  Don’t think. Be.
  15. 15. ...as this appalling ocean surrounds the verdant land, so in the soul of man there lies one insular Tahiti, full of peace and joy, but encompassed by all the horrors of the half known life. ~Herman Melville~ from Moby-Dick
  16. 16.  Mindfulness means being awake; knowing what you are doing  Allow yourself room for stillness and nondoing. › This helps to connect into your breathing which allows the connection between mind and body to take place.
  17. 17.      Ability to experience the present moment Clear awareness of thoughts/emotions Ability to relate to one’s experience with compassion/understanding Ability to experience/transform emotional distress Space where creative solutions can arise
  18. 18. Not living in a perpetual crisis or immersed in social/economic chaos  Flexibility of approach is essential  Sincerity of effort is more important than the elapsed time put forth  Mindfulness needs to be kindled and nurtured. 
  19. 19.  Don’t expect anything  Let your effort be relaxed and steady  Don’t rush (sit as though you have the whole day)  Accept whatever arises. Don’t cling to anything; don’t reject anything  Be gentle  Loosen up and let go  Don’t think. Be.
  20. 20.          Assess your wellness holistically Make room for mindfulness Take time to laugh, have fun and socialize Seek spiritual renewal Emphasize self-care and nurturing activities Consider personal counseling Take sabbaticals from difficult work Take purposeful mental health breaks Develop hobbies, sports, creative interests
  21. 21.          Develop restful contemplative activities (yoga, music, reading, gardening) Nurture supportive relationships and roles for yourself outside of work Guard against addictive behaviors Be restful, fit, eat well Nurture a sense of joy, grace, beauty and connection in your life Connect with community and friends Seek out experiences which seek comfort and hope Set clear boundaries between home and work Others?
  22. 22. Helpful reminders for mindfulness        Turn off the automatic pilot Focus on sensations Live each second fully Observe thoughts and reactions Don’t judge (especially self) Ride the wave of feelings Practice mindfulness daily
  23. 23. Enjoyment of food, music, scenery, conversation, interactions  Tolerance  Renewed energy  Remembering things  Slowing down  Enjoyment, peace 
  24. 24. Takes us out of a “doing” state  Helps us to live more fully  Keeps us in the here and now  Expands our awareness of ourselves  De-conditions our responses  Affects our physiology in a positive way  Helps us to respond, rather than react 
  25. 25. Mindfulness
  26. 26. Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends, and integrity. And you're keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls-family, health, friends, integrity--are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered. And once you truly understand the lesson of the five balls, you will have the beginnings of balance in your life..