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Stress Relief and Awareness of the Present Moment
When your mind has free reign over your feelings, it becomes difficult to find an awareness of the present moment. Thought patterns with a tendency to drag you into spirals of worry are all too common and can appear without a moment’s notice. Thankfully, stress relief can be found in the mindfulness techniques of learning to mind your thoughts and harnessing the power of the five senses.
Today we’re sharing an excerpt from the audiobook MBSR Every Day: Daily Practices from the Heart of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, written by Drs. Bob Stahl and Elisha Goldstein. With a focus on practical advice to help ease the pressures of daily life, this audiobook draws on the ancient wisdom of mindfulness to provide thoughtful perspectives and fresh techniques. While learning to cope with worry and uncover deep hidden truths, Drs. Stahl and Goldstein provide the help you need to respond to your world with mindfulness, non judgemental awareness, and meditation techniques.
What’s in this episode?
In this episode, Drs. Stahl and Goldstein encourage you to cultivate an awareness of the present moment, and your thought patterns, as a simple and easy path to stress relief.
One of the greatest gifts of mindfulness is that we learn from the inside out that we are not our stories, not even the ones that tell us we are. We start to get better and better at recognizing that we have a choice in how we pay attention and what we pay attention to. You have a choice to become awake and dip beneath the stories, break your routine, let be, and practice “kindfulness”— four of the practices in this book—and then, instead of being stuck in old patterns, you will step into a life of greater freedom and possibility.