Left to itself the mind wanders through all kinds of thoughts — including thoughts which express anxiety, worry, anger, crisicism, self-doubt, sadness, self-pity etc. As we indulge in these kinds of thoughts we reinforce emotions in our hearts and cause ourselves to suffer. Mostly these thoughts are about the past or future. The past no longer exists. The future is just a fantasy until it happens. The one moment we actually can experience — the present moment — is the one we seem most to avoid.
We’ll show you how to focus on what’s going on right now. That doesn’t mean you can no longer think about the past or future, of course you can! But you will learn to do it in a mindful way, meaning you are aware that you are thinking about the past or future.
Mindfulness is the act of present focussed awareness of what is happening right now, without judgment and with complete acceptance. Through mindful meditation, we become aware of what’s arising in the present moment. When thoughts about the past or future take us away from our present moment experience we practice gently bringing ourselves back to the now and therefore we decrease their effect on our lives and create instead a space of freedom where calmness and contentment can grow.
Written by Jessica Bigogno BSc MA Mindfulness Therapist for The Reset Button. Book your place on the April retreat here www.theresetbutton.co.uk
If you'd like to try mindfulness, from the comfort of your own home, this is a fantastic guided program by Jessica Bigogno: courses.theresetbutton.co.uk