Cultivating Emotional Balance with Mindfulness
Mindfulness is the internal action of paying attention on purpose in the present moment, without judgement. The more we cultivate paying attention to our thoughts, feelings, and reactions, pleasant or unpleasant, and do our best to objectively observe our responses, the better our awareness of ourselves and others can be.
As attention grows, if we wish, we can choose a different and potentially more effective response.
This is an invisible act any of us can do.
When we notice something, in ourselves or outside, and simultaneously we’re aware that we are noticing, we are the actor and the witness.
Life throws many demands at us...
The more we cultivate paying attention, the better our self and other awareness can be. The better our attention, the more we can choose the response and behaviors we most wish for and will be most effective. Through the practice of paying attention on purpose we can learn to observe our reactions to life’s stressors and then do something different: choose how to respond.