Maria’s Midweek Mindfulness Moments

Do you know that more than 80% of our thoughts are recycled and of them, a good percentage manifest as unhelpful down-talk?

A few days ago I was chatting to my dear friend who told me that despite all of the work she has done on communication and mindfulness, she’s always surprised when she is seduced by the easy glide onto autopilot. In the process she manages to ignore it’s silent snigger as it locks her back into the mainstream slipstream.

She said, “It’s like looking at a grey sky and choosing to leave the house without a coat then being sideswiped when the rain falls.”

Her way of breaking this pattern is by doing the following a simple exercise. It involves writing down her feelings and the possible triggers for 28 days.

Yes, 28 days! I never said that change was easy. It’s simple but it isn’t always easy. Would something like this help you?

Charting my triggers

For 28 days before you go to bed think about your day and write down each time you were triggered or felt uneasy. Fill in the columns for all events that happened.

/     Date       /        Time       /      Event      /     Body Senses    /     Feelings    /      Self Talk     /    Memory     /

Remember when you’re filling in your chart:

  • Be as accurate as possible.
  • Observe if your reaction triggered a memory in the past or in the future.
  • How did the thought manifest?
  • What scenario did you create?
  • The last column involves seeing where the mind is stuck.

Please let us know how you got on.

With love, light, and gratitude. Maria Arpa -x-

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