by Judith Bobbe, LCSW
“Mindfulness isn’t about what is happening; it is about how we are relating to what is happening — how much awareness, balance and compassion are we bringing to this moment’s experience, whatever it is.” Sharon Salzberg
The world around us is always changing. In contrast to the unpredictability of life around us is the radiant force of light inside us, that which is always available to us: a timeless source of strength and reassurance that can guide us to live a life of the highest good.
Often we get stuck in habits that prevent us from being aware that the light within is there at all. Thinking and worrying about the future, or dwelling on past events, are such familiar ways of thinking.
Habits based on fear, discouragement and disappointment cause constriction in the mind body and emotions. We need to protect ourselves so patterns develop that create a smaller world inside us, which seems safer.
How can we see that there is a vast realm of goodness and strength inside us even when the constriction is all we know?
Mindfulness practices bring us in touch with a larger reality. Being in touch with what is, without judgment, allows us to have a sense of life that transcends our narrow perceptions that are habituated out of fear.
I can help you to use easy techniques that will bring you into an awareness of a larger sense of yourself and your real capacities. Simple tools can be easily integrated into your life that will expand your mind, your ability to tolerate difficult emotions, and to be more flexible in your life in general.
You will in fact have greater mental clarity and vision about your life, your emotions, and your relationships. This has a real calming effect that emanates from within and helps fear to be less dominant in your emotional habits.
Within a therapeutic relationship that fosters encouragement, patience and persistence, and an understanding of your individual needs, you will be surprised to learn that you can grow beyond your own expectations, into a state of more contentment, confidence and courage.
The light that resides within you can be accessed with greater ease as you continue to practice, and to learn how to tolerate all of your emotions. You will be calmer and experience real personal freedom. The habits that create a small world within you will become much less appealing and you will discover that you do have a choice in how to live, enjoying more moments of your life, in touch with the wholeness of who you really are.
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