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PEACE Practice for Mindfulness

By: Gloria Marie

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The present moment is tolerable. Living in the past or worrying about the future creates stress in our lives. We cannot change the past, nor can we control everything that happens in the future. Mindfulness, being present in the moment, is a practice. It is a practice that can help you deal with stressful situations. Try this PEACE practice for mindfulness.

Begin practicing mindfulness for the small difficulties you face every day, so, when larger situations arise, the loss of a job, a death in your family, or a major move, the practice will be automatic.

There are many ways to practice mindfulness, and you may try several ways until you find one that you like. This week try the PEACE practice for small irritations that come into your life.

P – P is for pause. Just stop and become aware of your surroundings. Take note of how you are standing or sitting. This will help you get in the present moment.

E – E is for exhaling. Take a deep breath in, count to three and then exhale. It might help to stand up and put your hand on your stomach to ensure you are taking deep breaths.

A – A is for acknowledging. Do not try to suppress or ignore your feelings. Take a few minutes to become aware of what you are feeling. Are you angry, frightened, jealous, or heartbroken? Scan your body and get a sense of where your body is holding onto those feelings.

C – C is for choice. When you are ready, you have a choice how you respond or react. You are in control of your mind and thoughts. Our thoughts become things. Choose your thoughts wisely. Try positive statements that begin with I am. I can handle this. I am enough.

E – E is for engaging. After you have paused, exhaled, allowed and chosen your response, you are ready to engage with people and life.

This week try the PEACE practice. Let me know if it helped you.

Why Is Mindfulness Important?

By: Gloria Marie

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Why is mindfulness important? It seems every week; I see an article talking about mindfulness. I feel I am mindful or at least I try. I meditate every day and try to remain in the present moment. Why do I do this? It is because of our minds, our ego based mind likes to dwell on the past or live in the future.
When we live in the past, it is usually with regrets. When we live in the future, it is usually filled with fear or anxiety. Even if we have optimistic thoughts about our future, there is anxiety. What “if” it does not happen as we project or want?
Sometimes the present moment is unbearable or painful. It is our attachment or judgment that creates more pain or unhappiness. If we just accept the present moment, just let it be and then take action. Being mindful allows you the space to find solutions to life’s problems.
Try the tips to practice mindfulness that is in this video. Practice before the present moment is unbearable.

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Mindfulness for Anxiety

By: Gloria Marie

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A thought is one of the mightiest means of creation. With our thoughts, we create small things, and if we can train our mind, we can create large things in our life. Out of habit, our thoughts are usually all over the place and rarely in the present moment, and this is what contributes to anxiety. Try practicing mindfulness for anxiety with these two simple techniques.

We live where our attention is. If we can be mindful in the present moment, we are truly alive. How many times have you been in a meeting and your thoughts wander to the plans you have for the evening? Or maybe you are watching a boring presentation, and you cannot stop thinking about the great time you had last weekend? Or maybe you are concerned about world news and how it is going to affect your stock portfolio?

Without being aware, our thoughts are all over the place. If we would completely pay attention to what everyone is saying in the meeting, you would feel more engaged and alive. The time would pass by quickly. If we could train our mind to be fully present now we could lift the burdens of the past and the future: say goodbye to regret, anxiety, guilt, and worry.

These two tools will help you to train your mind to stay in the present moment. The key is to teach the mind to do only one thing at a time. That is how you will feel fully alive and reduce anxiety.

1. Think of occasions when you do more than one thing at a time. For example, you are eating lunch and reading a book, or you are talking on the phone and checking email, or you are watching television while your son is talking to you.

Choose one activity and for a few days, give it your one-pointed attention. For example, if you are talking on the phone, stop, sit down and give that person your one-pointed attention. This tool will train your mind to stay present. In time, you will see cross-over to other occasions.

2. Worry is not useful at all. Most of the time, what we worry about never happens. We are projecting ourselves into the future in a negative fashion. Get a blank notebook or journal; this will be your “Worry Journal.”

Next time you are filled with anxiety, get out your journal and at the top of the page, write in one sentence or less what you are a concern. Below it writes a prayer or the word “God.” Take your attention away from your worry and fill your heart and mind with God’s presence. When you are ready, go back to the task at hand and leave your worry in the journal.

If you look through your journal later, most likely some of the worries, just faded away.

You have a choice to let your mind and thoughts wander or train them to stay mindful and in the present moment.

Mindfulness for Anxiety and Stress

By: Gloria Marie

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By living in the present moment, you can lead a life filled with joy. Try these two techniques to train your mind for one pointed attention and mindfulness.