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Mindful : April 2014
April 2014 mindful 45 1 Sounds Boring! Sure, but it also happens to be a big relief to have some time when you’re not obligated to be somebody or do something. 5 My Mind Is Too Fast So, let it go fast. If you sit there awhile, it will slow down...and speed up again. You don’t need to try to find an ideal rate for your mind. 2 I Can’t Sit Still It’s just fine to fidget. Meditation is a process that develops over time. No one star ts out sitting like a rock statue. 4 I’m Scared to Be Alone You’re not alone in that. Our culture has devalued taking time for solitude. It hasn’t always been that way. And it’s not as scar y as you think. 3 I Don’t Have Time Time crunches are stressing us all out these days. But tak- ing a pause from the rush-rush-rush may just help you use your time better. 5 Excuses Not to Meditate You want to spend some quiet time with your mind, but you have excuses. Take a moment to examine them. They might not be such a big deal. 1 Understand Your Pain Mental pain and anxiety are a background noise that can underlie much of what we do. Here’s a chance to see firsthand what’s causing it. 5 Reduce Brain Chatter The nattering, chattering voice in our head seems never to leave us alone. Isn’t it time we gave it a little break? 2 Lower Stress There’s lots of evi- dence these days that excess stress causes lots of ill- nesses and makes other illnesses worse. Mindfulness decreases stress. 4 Improve Focus It can be frustrating to have our mind stray off what we’re doing and be pulled in six directions. Meditation hones our innate ability to focus. 3 Connect Better Ever find yourself staring blankly at a friend, lover, child, and you’ve no idea what they’re say- ing? Mindfulness helps you give them your full attention. 5 Reasons to Give It a Try Anyway We can easily find excuses about why we can’t meditate, but it turns out it’s just as easy to find lots of reasons to do it. Here are just a few.