It’s easy to come up with things in life for which you are grateful when everything is going okay. When you’re experiencing equilibrium and homeostasis, thoughts of blessings just bubble up and practically write themselves into your gratitude journal. But what about those times when your pain level is inching ever closer to the top of the 1-10 scale, or it just seems like everything in your life is falling apart?
Do you feel better physically when you acknowledge those things for which you are grateful? Does being thankful have an impact on your sense of well-being?
#gratitude #gratitudejournal #wellbeing #blessings #grateful #thankful
Today I planned to write about how I have experienced personal growth by listening to my body and accepting my chronic illnesses. But I can’t write that because it would be a lie.
I have a wavering commitment to accepting my chronic illnesses. There are times when I am totally down with everything and will even admit to others that I have them. When I do share this information I feel like I have grown in my journey, and I feel proud of myself for being in that place. But there are other times when I feel “I am not going out like that!” and rail against what is happening to me. I go back and forth on accepting my illnesses.
How does hearing what your body is saying help you to accept what you are experiencing? What constitutes “acceptance” for you? What, in turn, comes about as a result of acceptance?
#acceptance #personalgrowth #self-growth
Have you experienced a physical or emotional change that seemed to come in a flash? Has listening to your body brought you insights or visions that have had a life-altering effect?
Or has your transformation been a more gradual process? Does intuition play a part?
#transformation #flashofinsight #newvision #process
Have you recovered after a physical, mental, emotional, or social disruption in your life? How are you progressing from surviving, to thriving? Have you experienced personal growth after a misfortune or a major change in your life?
In this journey we call life, have you found obstacles that seemed to halt your progress or growth? Many of us waste precious time and energy attempting to move huge life-boulders. If in those moments we could re-frame our situation – by seeing it in another light or from an alternative viewpoint – we might recognize that they are only obstacles at first glance. Perhaps they are not there for us to move or get around, but to step on and over.
Are these obstacles the path to higher ground in the storm of life? They bring a different vantage point from which to view our overall situation. Perhaps they keep us from drowning in the rapids of daily existence.
Have you used this type of re-framing to get through a difficult health or emotional situation? Can you see the positive, or even the beauty, in your experience? Have you come to view a former obstacle as a gift?
#reframing #obstacles #beauty #gift
Do you ever look back on how far you’ve come on your journey? Are there benefits to be had by periodically doing a “life review”? What has body listening given you, in hindsight?
#journey #youvecomealongwaybaby #lifereview #hindsightis2020
My questions for you related to this topic are about how practicing mindfulness has affected your relationship with yourself and others. Has your attitude towards yourself been impacted? Have your relationships/interactions with others been impacted by your mindfulness practice? Has mindfulness increased your awareness of your input into social relationships or increased your acceptance of help from others?
From reflecting on my own experiences, I’ve realized that mindfulness, and particularly the mindful therapies I’ve been working with, have had a really positive impact on my relationships. Firstly with myself. Acceptance and compassion are two of the things that have led me to feel gentler with myself and my limitations. I think this, in turn, has affected my relationships with others in a couple of ways. It was hard for me to feel like I had anything to offer in a friendship when I was stuck at home having a hard time getting around, and constantly stressed out from the pain. I was no fun to be around at all, I thought. For a long time I didn’t work on my friendships or relationships at all. I focused solely on myself, thinking “once I kick this pain then I’ll go back to having a life and being with other people.” What this ended up doing was disconnecting myself from my social network and looking back I realize I was wasting time by putting my life on hold. I’ve been searching for more balance now, in focusing on myself and my relationships with others. I think acceptance and compassion have enabled me to feel more comfortable with myself in my relationships with others, which I think has also made me more pleasant to be around – bonus!
Another aspect of my relationships that have really improved through acceptance and compassion is asking for and accepting help from others. I hate to ask for help! I value my independence, and even though I love to help other people it feels like such a burden and imposition to ask for help from others. At the peak of my pain, I was relying on friends and family for everything – grocery shopping, cooking, laundry, and even help caring for my pets. It was really difficult for me to accept that I was in a position where I could not repay the favors being done for me, and social norms taught me that I needed to reciprocate! I think therapy really helped me deal with this, and humbled me to the fact sometimes this is what it means to be human.
#mindfulrelationships #compassion #acceptance #connection
Have any of you noticed any aspect of your relationships that has changed through mindful practices?
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