Mindfulness is about cultivating full awareness of the present moment so that we can
better manage stress and develop states of clarity and relaxed alertness. Some common
misconceptions about mindfulness meditation is that it is about making your mind blank,
feeling a specific way, or running away from problems.
Mindfulness is about waking up to the fullness of your life and changing your relationship
to your problems, your fears, your physical or emotional pain, so that these things
don’t wind up controlling you and dictating the quality of your life. Mindfulness
is not an idea, it’s a practice and a lifestyle cultivated by making a commitment
to it over time.
Helpful Hints to Meditation and Mindfulness:
When first beginning the formal practice of mindfulness, it is often helpful to do
Create a quiet spot that enjoy spending time. Many people enjoy decorating this spot
with special pictures, statues, or colors.
Pick a specific time everyday for the sole purpose of being mindful - And make that
gift to yourself a top priority.
You don't have to always like it, Just do it. From a certain point of view, once you
have your set time for mindfulness, its none of your business what happens during
it. Some days you will feel relaxed, others tense, others successful, others like
a failure, just sit and watch these states arise and pass.
Find a teacher or group that can be supportive. The Counseling Center offers a variety
of services to assist you in the process of developing mindfulness. Each fall and
spring semesters, Mindfulness Groups are offered. Contact Dr. Leigh Ann Carter (lacarter AT_TOWSON) to learn more. Individual and group sessions are available in the Towson University
Counseling Center's Meditation Room.
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