I am going to share my story of the reason behind my profound interest with the practice of mindfulness. I was the type of person that used to worry too much about unfounded fears. I said I was… and I meant it. I used to worry about what others would say about my decisions, about my choices, about my family (daughters), about my health… Over time all these unnecessary worries take the joy of someone’s life, and for no reason we are torturing ourselves.
When we are anxious we are not enjoying the present moment, and we do not appreciate the simple things in life. Reading the books of Dr. Wayne Dyer since 2012 have paved the way to bring meditation into my daily practice. The first book that l read from him was: Your Sacred Self. After reading that book, a personal transformation began at the subconscious level. This story is not about the book, but I encourage you strongly to read it. Now, going back to mindfulness, I became aware that there are different types of meditation, but I learned that mindfulness meditation helps us shift the attention we put into our thoughts (that cause our anxiety) to our breathing. I took the eight weeks Mindfulness Stress Based Reduction (MSBR) training modeled on the program founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School which I completed in July 16. Folks, consistent practice of mindfulness helps reduce anxiety and high blood pressure. “According to a study published in Nurse Education Today magazine in December 2012, perform for a week a practice of mindfulness meditation decreases the level of anxiety and blood pressure”Retrieved from: http://www.respiravida.net/
You only need to devote 20 minutes daily to this type of meditation. You can practice it by sitting in your recliner, in your bed, in your sofa, or in your yoga mat (for those who practice yoga). I know that I sound like a broken record, but we need to focus on the breathing and when our thoughts make us aware that we are putting our attention on them and not in the breathing, we gently label our thoughts while telling ourselves, “here you go…that was a feeling, ok…, that was an opinion” and try to refocus on our breathing. Otherwise we will end up being unkind and judgmental with ourselves because when the thoughts and fears our minds produced are coming back, we start to feel stress by believing we are not doing a good meditation. When that happens, it is critical to refocus on our breathing. You will feel changes in a matter of months. You will think more clearly, your attention will be in the present moment and you will begin enjoying life, with your renew self-confidence by putting your fears away.