For the past 4 weeks, I’ve been actively engaged in a MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) course at a University Medical Center here in Chicago.
Let me first say that I love this course!
We engage in the opportunity to learn about the principles and major concepts of mindfulness as well as engage in some actual activities.
Some of these concepts include:
–Awareness without judgment
–Body scan (Awareness of the body and different body parts)
–Identifying and working through stressors
–Mindful movement (i.e. light Yoga poses)
There are so many ideas to talk about, but I want to talk about how I am minding mindfulness in my own life. And one way that I am doing that is by learning how to LET GO!! Oh my goodness, this is such a powerful concept. For YEARS, I’ve had a tendency to just hold on to whatever! I’ll hold on to anger, frustration, sadness, fear, confusion, whatever!
But with the help of this class, I’m really learning how to work through the process of letting go.
I’m learning how to let go by:
–1) Asking myself if it’s worth it to hold onto to unnecessary drama and trauma. If it’s not worth it (which is usually the case), I’ll try to release the negativity in my mind.
–2) Deep breathing–sometimes I tighten my stomach/abdomen muscles when I’m holding on. The deep breathing helps to ease, relax, and let go of that tightness; and,
–3) Affirming myself with positive words, images, and prayers. Within letting go, I believe, is an element of forgiveness and compassion. This is another blog post in itself (how to forgive and be compassionate).
There are so many other topics I can talk about, but this is a starter. More to come!!