ACT and More Mindfulness

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Q: Mindfulness. What’s all the fuss about?

A: Try it and see!

 

 I wanted to write another piece about Mindfulness quite quickly, while it was literally still on my mind!

We live in such a busy, turbulent, full-on world that it is all too easy to get lost in it.  Before we know it, and despite all our good intentions, the world and all its demands takes over and we forget to be mindful.  Often it is not until we start to feel agitated, stressed and out of sorts that we realise something is missing.  Ah yes that’s it, we forgot to be mindful!

ACT makes much of Mindfulness!  As I point out in the previous post, ACT and MINDFULNESS, Mindfulness is a pillar-stone of ACT.  But, like many others, I found Mindfulness before I found ACT.  Neither did I find ACT because of Mindfulness.  I didn’t know there was a link.

It is Mindfulness then that is currently causing such a stir!  The media is full of it, celebrities sing its praises and there are plenty of resources out there to get you started and keep you going.  Groups are springing up all over and there are all sorts of claims for its health benefits, physical, mental and spiritual.

However, the main thing to remember about Mindfulness is that to reap any benefits you have to try it for yourself.  Reading about it won’t be enough, watching others doing it won’t be enough, listening to the claims of celebrity success won’t be enough, you have to try it for yourself!

It’s the same with ACTACT is all about personal experience.  You have to try it for yourself!

HOW ABOUT YOU?

  • How did you come across Mindfulness?
  • How is Mindfulness working in your life?
  • What can you share that might be of help to others?

Please leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.

POEM FOR TODAY

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MINDFULNESS

Let’s try a little mindfulness if agitation looms,

Let us settle in the stillness, and as our attention zooms

On what’s happening inside us and around us we will find

That we’re growing in awareness of what’s happening in our mind.

Oh this mindfulness is topical, creating quite a buzz,

It seems everyone is at it so let’s find out what it does,

How it offers an alternative to thinking mind gone mad

And just watches from safe distance without judging good or bad.

It’s a part of mind grown rusty in this madcap thinking world

Where the thought is all important and not how it is unfurled,

It’s the part that is the thinker who can watch thoughts come and go

Without getting caught in content, that’s what mindfulness has to show.

And so if we are agitated and our thoughts are spinning round

Let’s remember the alternative and quietly stake our ground,

And in the midst of all this turbulence we’ll find a place of peace

For practicing our mindfulness can give us thought release.

© Corinne Shields, 2015

If you enjoyed “MINDFULNESS”, please pass it on, and do please leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.

And just before you go …..

A final word from ACT ……….

Actually on this occasion I am going to leave the final word to MINDFULNESS.

You can practice Mindfulness yourself, of course you can.  And that is one of the beauties of Mindfulness, you can practice it anywhere, anytime.  Whenever you become aware of the present moment you are, in fact, practicing Mindfulness.

You can learn Mindfulness Skills from any number of excellent books, some of which I have already recommended.

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However, if you have an opportunity to join a Mindfulness Group then I encourage you to give it a try.  Whether it be to learn the initial skills or to develop your practice, there is something really special about being part of such a group.

Mindfulness groups are springing up all over the place and it is worth seeking one out in your area if you can.  I joined a group locally in South Wales UK some years ago, and although I no longer attend regularly I know it is going from strength to strength and I am sure that it continues to reach out and help lots of people.

The SAMYE FOUNDATION Wales, otherwise known as The Mindfulness and Well Being Centre for South Wales, runs a wide range of courses and other activities.  I was delighted to find it when I was looking for something locally and hopefully you will be able to find a local group too if that interests you.

Which brings us to the ………

ACTivation Point!

SO ………………

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How about YOU?

What can YOU do just for today to ACTivate your life?

Just for today I will …………………………..

If you have read this far, please do leave your comments. How is ACT helping you?

I am a student of ACT. I am on a journey. I would love you to join me.

With all good wishes

Corinne

 

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Corinne Shields

I am a wife, mother, grandmother, erstwhile teacher for thirty plus years, and permanent student. I have long been interested in psychology and spirituality and enjoy writing inspirational poetry. Hence the publication of this blog at ACT Made Lyrical.com. I play golf badly, piano a little better and I love reading, writing, and all things French. I divide my time between Wales and France and enjoy travelling with my husband, Len and my dog Charlie.

4 thoughts on “ACT and More Mindfulness”

  1. It was you, my cleverest of clever friends, who introduced me to both Mindfulness and ACT and you even bought the book and accompanying CD for me. Mindfulness, in particular, helped me recently when I made myself quite poorly worrying about the future and blaming everything on the past. These days I try to live in the present and find life all the more enjoyable for it. I refer to the book and listen to the CD whenever I feel myself weaken. I remember you telling me that thoughts are just thoughts and not reality and that the mind tends to create stories which are just stories! You’ll never know how much your wisdom has helped me over the years so I thank you for introducing me to Mindfulness and all those books you have read, over the many years I have known you, have not been in vain! Lots of love xx Ps love the poetry too!

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    1. Am so glad that I had already trod the path just a few steps in front of you so there was something for you to follow. Helping you was also a way of helping myself you know for each time Was a chance for me to reinforce my own shaky progress. We help each other and that’s what makes it work. Lots of love xxx

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    1. Hi Gabriela

      When I was first looking at Mindfulness, about four years ago, I first read the Mark Williams book I recommended and then I looked online looking for a local group, not really expecting to find one and hey ho there was one that was just starting a new group in Cardiff, SAMYE. Subsequently there seem to be a lot more around. There is even one in my village! I think I may give that a go this winter. Happy searching. I hope you find what you are looking for.

      Warm regards

      Corinne

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