Mindfulness teaches you to tune into your mind and body in a way that is non-critical. Through meditation, it trains you to pay attention to, and become aware of, your thoughts, emotions and sensations. Prof Jon Kabat-Zinn, who is a founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic, and who has been at the forefront of research in this area, has defined it as “paying attention on purposed, moment by moment, without judging.
You will almost certainly find that your mind automatically wonders through all manner of thoughts. You might think about how things have gone in the past, or how they might have been different. You might think about how things will be in the future. You might plan or you might worry. Naturally, these automatic thoughts might include those that express sadness, self-pity, anger, revenge and craving. They will, in turn, serve to reinforce the related emotions that they bring up, and are likely to be at the very heart of any distress or suffering you might experience. read more ...
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