Mindfulness Verses Mindlessness and the Various States of Mind that Follow
This is an Image of Being Mindful
- Moment to Moment Attention
- In the Here and Now
- Non Judgemental Attitude
- Detatch from Unhelpful Thoughts
- Forgive and be Greatful
- Unconditional Acceptance
- Learn with a Childlike Mindset
Learning More on Moment to Moment Attention
In the Here and Now
Mindfulness is a Great tool in the Pain Management Toolbox.
The Reasons Living in the Present Moment Can be Challenging.
How Can I Not Be so Judgy?
What are Judgements?
- Wonderful or horrible
- Brilliant or Stupid
- Gorgeous or Unattractive
- The Best or the Worst
- Describing how things should be or they shouldn’t be
- Continuing to compare and contrast
What’s the Issues with Judgements?
We Stop Observing When We Judge
Guide to Let go of Judgements
- A good way to start is by actively doing practice. Start counting how often you are doing it and noticing judgements.
- Ask yourself the question if you want to be judging and if the judging is helping or harming you.
- Change judgment statements with Statements of preference: such as “I love...” “I enjoy ...” or “I prefer.
- State the possible consequences. Say things to yourself like this could be helpful or harmful because of this or that. This could be effective or ineffective because of this or that
- State only the facts. Recall a time when something happened a certain way.
- We will go into this later but practice excepting radical acceptance or excepting what is. That means excepting all the preferences, consequences and facts that go along with said situation.
- Let go of those judge mental thoughts.
- Let the judgments drift away like leaves on a stream.
- It may sound silly but always be mindful and remember not to judge your judging.
Action Plan of a Non Judge-mental Stance
- Find a judgment about yourself, someone else, or a specific situation.
- Put in words why your letting go of this judgment
- Use facts and descriptions of them instead of judgments and the possible consequences of such judge mental behavior.
- Write down your preferences about how you feel about what happens when you follow through with these judgments.
- Work on excepting the descriptions in a non-judge mental way and letting go of these feelings.
- Work on identifying any actions that help you to feel better physically and mentally and also allow you to let go of the judgments.
- Use imagery and body posture as well as relaxation techniques to help you let those judgments flow down a mountain after a long summers night rain.
- In your action plan, write down the changes that you notice in how your body and mind.
- Notice the acceptance rather than denial of the emotions and pain-that you are having. Accept it’s happening and take the power away from it.
- Again, this cannot be stressed enough. Don’t judge you’re judging.