‘Mindfulness isn’t difficult. We just need to remember to do it.’
Have these last 5 days been helpful for you at all? Are you feeling more calm, less stressed, or simply more attuned to your emotional world?
If you feel like sharing what has changed for you, please do so with our community here. Your story might serve as inspiration for others.
Now that you’ve finished the course, there’s one subject I wanted to address.
When this happens, it can feel like you’re doing something wrong, or even like you’re failing, but that’s not true.
Think of it instead like a purge. If anxiety comes up for you, just notice it, like ‘Oh, hello, there’s anxiety again.’ Let it be without feeling you need to fix it or drive it away. It’s just what is so for you in the here and now; this is your reality at this moment, and that’s perfectly okay. You don’t need to be anywhere other than where you are.
If you give your feelings space to exist like this, then over time you won’t need to busy yourself with distractions, addictions or noise so often, because you won’t be working so hard to keep unwanted feelings and thoughts suppressed. You will start to become acquainted with the fact that feelings come and go, and no state of mind is permanent.
When you give up working so hard to drive away certain emotions or to try to force calm upon yourself, you will find acceptance, and from that acceptance, you will likely find more focus, calmer and more inner strength. That is when the true power of mindfulness happens.
To gain the benefits of mindfulness, you just need to keep going. Keep trusting in the process.
I encourage you to keep up the meditating
My own research has shown it only takes 10 minutes of dedicated effort per day to see results. Find a time in your day where you can focus for 10 minutes, and then set a timer daily to remind you to do it.
You may find that without the structure of a course, your enthusiasm falls away or self-doubt takes over.
In that case, I offer a 6 week course called the Power of Presence that is similar to the course you’ve just done with me, only much more intensive and transformative – and a full 6 weeks in length. Details can be found here.