Day 23: Clouds ☁️
One key point I learnt in MBSR is that we don’t tend to use imagery/visualization. Some people enjoy being able to recall pleasant images and memories to pretend that they are somewhere else or someone else. Fair call, it can feel really nice to completely disconnect and escape our current circumstances. And in the short term, this can be an effective way to escape stress by tricking the body into the activating the relaxation response. MBSR, however, questions whether it actually works in the long run. By distracting ourselves with pleasant experiences, we aren’t necessarily addressing the issues and problems at heart. By avoiding them, it can actually have a negative effect, causing our stress to inevitably return, sometimes even stronger.
Being mindful in stillness instead focuses on noticing how you’re feeling in the current moment, whether that’s tired, stressed, relaxed or not. By bringing awareness and non-judgement, we can start to observe ourselves and our stress as it currently is, without being critical about it. We can address how that stress is manifesting in our body, notice the physical tension in our muscles, and learn ways to release that. We can notice our thoughts, start to see what patterns arise, in a bid to separate ourselves from them. We are not our thoughts.
One of the nicest analogies is acknowledging them as clouds- things that float in and out, none of them good nor bad. We can notice how they are similar, how they differ, the speed that they arrive and depart. Thoughts, like clouds, can pass if we notice them as natural, normal, neutral.
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