Dealing With Distractions In Mindfulness Meditation

Dealing With Distractions In Mindfulness Meditation

Dealing With Distractions In Mindfulness Meditation. So, there you are, meditating beautifully. Your body is totally immobile, and your mind is totally still; You just glide right along following the flow of the breath, in, out, in, out….calm, serene and concentrated. Everything is perfect. And then, all of a sudden, something totally different pops into your mind; “I sure wish I had an ice cream cone.”. That’s a distraction, obviously, that’s not what you are supposed to be doing. You notice that, and you drag yourself back to the breath, back to the smooth flow, in, out, in……And then; “Did I ever pay that cell ‘phone bill”? Another distraction. You notice that one, and you haul yourself back to the breath. In, out, in, out, in……”That new science fiction movie is out. Maybe I can see it with my partner on Tuesday” No, not on Tuesday, got too much to do. Thursday’s better”…….. Another distraction. You pull yourself out of that one, and back you go to the breath, except that you never quite get there, because before you do, that little voice in your head says ”My back is killing me”. On and on it goes, distraction after distraction, seemingly without end.
What a bother. But this is what it is all about. These distractions are actually the whole point. The key is to learn to deal with these things. Learning to notice them without being trapped in them. That’s what we are here for.

Are you Stressed, Anxious or Depressed?

Are you Stressed, Anxious or Depressed?

Are you stressed, anxious or depressed? When this happens we may feel weak and it seems we have little control of how we think, feel and behave. There are several techniques that a person can learn quite easily to begin to enjoy life again.
The rates of depression have risen by almost 1000% since 1945. There are many reasons for this increase one of which is because depression has largely become de-stigmatised and there is less shame attached to admitting to suffering. There is, however, no gene for depression and no physical test at the doctors to see if you are depressed or not.

Depression has a ripple effect from the individual out to family, relationships, work and physical health. A depressed person feels hopeless and lacks motivation. This leads to them often being passive. They have black and white thinking and spend a lot of time ruminating on negative thoughts. This creates stress and anxiety (even if there seems to be a degree of flatness). And quite often a person has exaggerated emotional response to things.