Living Now

Intellectually we can be aware there is no other moment but now and now is all there is and all those platitudes we hear. But it is difficult to see the present as a gift (who said that anyway?) if you know you have to pay the rent at the beginning of the month and you don’t quite have the dollars to do it.

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Don’t by cynical

The truth, as mindfulness calgary ab experts acknowledge, is mindfulness will help deal with that money at the start of the month thing.

The American Psychological Association suggests the benefits of mindfulness are self-control, objectivity, affect tolerance, enhanced flexibility, equanimity, improved concentration and mental clarity, emotional intelligence and the ability to relate to others and one’s self with kindness, acceptance and compassion – but it somewhat detracts from the effect by adding the word ‘theorized’.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness has two qualities, it is being in the now and it is doing it without judgement. That’s the difficult bit. When you take time out to breathe the immediate response is for your brain to start thinking and when it does, in fly the judgements.

As we all tend to be too hard on ourselves, we call us names we would not dream of calling anyone else. Why be harder on yourself than you would your BFF?

For those who practice the benefits are self-evident

There are plenty of people who believe in the value of mindfulness. Indeed, how can worrying less be anything other than a benefit?

Proponents of Mindfulness will speak of greater happiness, less worry, better physical and mental health.

If you’re worried that this sounds like some new fad, it isn’t. Shakespeare acknowledged mindfulness when Hamlet said “for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”