Why Mindfulness?

billabongMindfulness techniques can help us to overcome psychological challenges to reaching our goals and living a fulfilling life. The aim of mindfulness training is not to block, change, or replace any ‘negative’ thoughts or feelings we may have as a result of everyday life. Mindfulness does nonetheless lead to increased happiness, mental calm and satisfaction.

Mindfulness helps us to develop the perspective that memories, thoughts, or feelings are not harmful directly and do not always accurately represent reality.

Rather, it is our struggle to control them and the attention we give to them that is harmful or debilitating for us. Thoughts and emotions can only be harmful when we fuse with them and react to them in a negative way. For instance when we struggle with anxiety and try to control it we experience anxiety about our anxiety. Then depression about our anxiety, or anger. These secondary emotions lead to long-term emotion imbalance rather than natural fluctuation in emotion, or balance.

These reactions to thoughts or sensations lead to cycles of action and decision making that can limit our freedom and disrupt our lives, namely through avoidance. When we become reactive, instead of responsive, control passes from us to the environment.

Mastering mindfulness allows us to become more aware of and less influenced by our internal experiences and allows us to access the present moment and direct our efforts towards our goals and dreams. In short, it allows us to become more responsive to others and to our world, and less reactive, regaining control of our lives.

Author: Abra Garfield, Sport and Performance Psychologist BSc (Hon), MPsych (sport and exercise).

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