"Dissatisfaction and suffering arise when our mind attaches or is averse to, experiencing a particular thought, image, desire, or action". Richard Miller Ph.D
Feel like banging your head against the wall?
I feel you.
I'm happy to say that I have made significant strides in my life by adopting a few mindful practices. I am here to encourage you to give them a try. Please keep in mind that what I'm about to suggest are PRACTICES.
I've been working with them for quite a while, and I am not perfect and don't ever expect myself to be.
I have my zen moments, but I still have my rant and rage fests. I've come a long way.
When I can have compassion for the struggle, my own, and the struggle of others, I notice the changes I've made and can appreciate all my hard work. Give them a try. When you feel like quitting, challenge yourself to keep working with them, and you'll weave some magic into your life.
Mindful Practice #1: Acceptance.
Pesky annoyances that wear you down.
What if you could take a step back and accept those people, places, things, and situations that drive you up the wall?
There's power in that, my friend.
The point is, we can never really change someone else and that traffic jam isn't going to go away anytime soon. You're stuck in the thick of it. Accept that and breathe, which brings me to my next practice.
Mindful practice #2: Welcome to the present reality.
Welcoming is the opposite of resisting. The more you resist reality, the more suffering you cause yourself.
"Dissatisfaction and suffering arise when our mind attaches or is averse to, experiencing a particular thought, image, desire, or action." Richard Miller Ph.D
The practice of welcoming in whatever it is that you are experiencing - at the moment you are experiencing it- is a liberating practice in awareness and will serve you when things that are out of your control present themselves in your life.
Mindful practice #3: Take responsibility for yourself.
That rage, that disgust, that's all you, babe.
Dig deeper and find the source of that anger. Does it stem from a belief that you can let go of and, in return, receive some peace in your life?
You get to decide how you're going to react to situations. No one is pulling strings or "pushing your buttons."
You are a free being. You get to make choices.
There are many ways that we cause or substantially contribute to our suffering.
When we choose to accept things just as they are, whether our current reality, other people, or ourselves, we begin to open up to a more peaceful way of living, we can see that every moment is paired with its perfect calm response.
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