Welcome back to Mindfulness Monday! If you’ve been following my mindfulness journey so far, you know that I’m using the book Mindfulness – An Eight-Week Plan For Finding Peace In A Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman. Each week has a different focus, with meditations related to that focus, as well as a Habit Releaser to help us get rid of old habits that don’t serve us well.
Unfortunately, my update for this week is that life got in the way and I just couldn’t devote the time or attention the meditations deserved. Since this is to chronicle my journey rather than just tell you what the book is all about, I can’t honestly give an opinion on Week Three of the book yet so I’m repeating it this week and will give my update next Monday. I did start out with my meditation practice right after my Quiet Time this morning, so this week is off to a better start with it and hopefully I’ve found a time that will be less likely to be interrupted by, well, life. :o)
Since I didn’t have an update for you this week, I thought I’d check out a few articles on Mindfulness and share some of those with you. The first two look at how Mindfulness is defined, and the third article, from the American Psychological Association, looks at the Benefits of Mindfulness. Though many studies have shown numerous benefits, there are also potential pitfalls for some people, and these are addressed in the article Mindfulness Is the Hottest New Trend — But Should It Be?
A Few Interesting Articles
https://www.mindful.org/what-is-mindfulness/ What Is Mindfulness? by Mindful staff
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/what-matters-most/201711/3-definitions-mindfulness-might-surprise-you 3 Definitions of Mindfulness That Might Surprise You by Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D
https://www.apa.org/monitor/2012/07-08/ce-corner.aspx What Are the Benefits of Mindfulness? by Daphne M. Davis, PhD. and Jeffrey A. Hayes, PhD.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/click-here-happiness/201711/mindfulness-is-the-hottest-new-trend-should-it-be Mindfulness Is the Hottest New Trend — But Should It Be? by Tchiki Davis, Ph.D.
I’m sharing my journey, hurdles and all, so that I can stay accountable and share what I’m learning in case it might be helpful to you. As with everything, it’s important to thoroughly check out any wellness program and consult with your physician before you embark on it. What works for one person may not necessarily work for another, and in fact, could make things worse.
I’m sorry I “failed” last week but hope to do much better this week. I hope you find the above articles helpful. Please let me know what you think of them!