2 thoughts on “Are You Skeptical About Starting Your Own Mindfulness Practice?

  • August 22, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    I really didn’t know anything about mindfulness when I began a 9 week program that taught it. It is good to be open to all possibilities. I found it extremely helpful and one of the best things that I have ever done for myself.

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  • August 27, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Was I sceptical? Dunno, would be nearest. I suffer from chronic pain, as a result of surgery that was meant to help me. The analgesic drugs were killing me (literally). I was a mental health professional and I refused to accept that I had depression and that I would never do all those physical things that had given me pleasure all my life. I still had access to professional journals and I think that’s how I picked up mindfulness a la Jon Kabat Zinn. Meditation? Hell, I go back to the Beatles, man. Maybe that’s why I didn’t dump the references to Zinn’s work. When I heard that one of my ex-colleagues was offering mindfulness as a service, my scepticism soared. But when you’re desperate ….My experience? It works.What I wasn’t prepared for? I wanted it to be a technique I could master and pull out of the toolbox when in trouble. Big lesson, it don’t work like that. If you want to be able to manage pain, anxiety and depression, then be prepared that you have to practice and then practice. Look at it like running. You don’t train to run a 10 second 100 metres and then pack in the training, and expect to still turn in the same speed when chased by a lion 5 years later. And the other thing? Don’t think it is an escape from any of those nasty things. It helps you face them and manage them. And, for me it was a real challenge in self-acceptance and learning self-compassion. But well, well worth it.

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