14 April 2015 Written by 

Mindfulness is a current “hot” topic. Mindfulness is all about living in the NOW – this present moment. Not the past. Not the future. No worry or anxiety allowed.

A new thought about mindfulness was introduced to me today.

Whenever thoughts come into my consciousness, I can simply acknowledge the thought but not react to it or attach emotions to it. I can learn to not engage with the thought.

For example, if a thought of anxiety comes into my mind, instead of following the narrative of that worry by trying to solve it or predict how it will affect my future, I can simply notice the thought but not dwell on it. If a thought comes into my mind that brings judgment, I can choose not to engage with that thought but just acknowledge it as a judgmental thought.

I become an observer of my thoughts – not a participant. I acknowledge the thought, but do not engage with it.

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Amy T.

Raised on a dairy farm in upstate NY, I learned to work hard along with my five siblings. I grew up in a very conservative Mennonite-Amish church which shaped a lot of my fundamental core values and beliefs. After moving to Florida to attend college, I married and became mother to five children. Eventually, my unmanageable life came to a crashing halt and I found my way into an Al-Anon recovery program. Recovery has affected every area of my life and I love sharing the things I am learning with others so that they might also find hope for their own recovery.
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