2 thoughts on “Spirituality and Mindfulness in Mental Health

  • December 25, 2017 at 2:32 am

    Hi Monique,
    I often find it hard to be mindful. I think part of it is the fact that our society is so chaotic and fast paced. There are so many distractions competing for our time when we aren’t already occupied with family and job responsibilities. Television, newspapers, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Skype, cell phones etc. It seems children even PLAY differently! There is a marked increase in ADHD and yet kids seem more sedentary and often can be found on the computer or playing video games rather than outside playing a game with friends or going exploring on their bicycle.
    I find it difficult to focus during the few times I briefly tried meditation but the other night, quite spontaneously, I listened to music that was introduced to me a care provider years ago when I was in the hospital. It was Pachelbel’s Canon in D. I found it very relaxing and it helped reduce the stress within my body as well as slowing my breathing to a more relaxed pace. I think I want to do that more often!
    I am not sure if you celebrate our Christmas holiday or any holiday this month but if you do, I hope it is a wonderful one for you and your family!

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    • January 10, 2018 at 1:39 pm

      Meditation/Prayer are all great ways to slow down for a moment. Even taking 3 minutes of controlled breathing can help someone calm down and refocus.

      I don’t find it surprising that as technology becomes more a part of our lives, things like mindfulness are becoming a hot topic because as you said, we are surrounded by these distractions on a constant basis.

      Can you imagine if we checked our blood pressure and sugar levels as much as we check our phones, we would see a rise in health statistics!

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