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Where is your mind right now? Without judging the findings, chances are you may have been thinking about something in the future or trying to resolve something from the past. 

We are hard-wired to scan for problems and threats. Research shows that we spend about 50% of our waking hours in this state of mind called the default mode network. 

There is another way though and that is with mindfulness; being present to more moments of your day without judgmentas you live them. Is this a day that you can tip the scales and be present more than 50% of the time to what is happening, as it is happening?? You may be surprised with how wonderful it feels to live more of your moments fully.

Angela Mazur

Practice is key!

 

Angela Mazur and I led an orientation for our upcoming Mindful Self-Compassion group at Copper Beech Institute yesterday. As we were providing some direct experience of this practice, some participants commented on how foreign it felt to be offering themselves kind words along with a soothing touch. Like any new practice or learning, at first the meditations can feel mechanical or perhaps even impossible. At these times, it is important to take a breath and simply allow the practices to take hold. 

 

Does anyone remember the first time you tried to ride a two wheeler? I do. As I tried to steady myself and push off for the first time, I wobbled a few feet forward before ending up in a heap on the side of the road. Thankfully, I kept at it and in time was buzzing around my neighborhood and the adjoining ones with ease and grace. 

 

If you are a newcomer to the MSC world of meditation, can you embody the spirt of curiosity as you stay steady with “just doing it”, practice that is? If we bring our attention to our bodies and sense the warmth of our hands on our heart and the comfort they may provide, it will help the MSC practice take hold. 

 

As the title indicates, practice is key! May you each enjoy the unfolding process of discovering your compassionate voice as you benefit by this new way of supporting and living your life!