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Topic Tuesday//How can I be mindful when I have a mindFULL//Tues. 20 March. 7pm - 9pm AEDT

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This Topic Tuesday will investigate what mindfulness is, the obstacles we can face when trying to utilise it as a coping strategy and how we can possibly reframe our thinking of it!

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Re: Topic Tuesday//How can I be mindful when I have a mindFULL//Tues. 20 March. 7pm - 9pm AEDT

Love this topic, but will not be home til late tomorrow. Will try and catch the end of it.

 

Re: Topic Tuesday//How can I be mindful when I have a mindFULL//Tues. 20 March. 7pm - 9pm AEDT

Welcome everyone! @Tessarightpaw @Former-Member @Nais @NameUnknown @soul @Lulu2 @Pepsimax @Adge @Determined @Former-Member @sjp @Former-Member @Snowie @Teej @outlander @frog @Queenie @Former-Member @Former-Member @Shaz51 @Chris @CheerBear @Mizzle @BlueBay @Ellsworthkelly @Sheschemicaland anyone else that comes along to join us tonight!

Onto tonight’s topic! Being mindful with a full mind….

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It is a hard concept to grasp and I completely respect that. And you know what? Mindfulness may not be for everyone. And that’s okay! Tonight, will be about being open to all perspectives and finding ways we can renegotiate the idea of mindfulness so that those of us struggling with a lot of thoughts, at a lot of times can get some benefit from this coping strategy.

First point:  Identifying what mindfulness is?

Okay so here are your good old dictionary style definitions as well as SANE’s very own definition below:

 UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center defines mindful awareness as “paying attention to present moment experiences with openness, curiosity, and a willingness to be with what is . . . It invites us to stop, breathe, observe, and connect with one's inner experience.”  

SANE Australia notes that: "Mindfulness is a mental and physical technique you can use to focus your awareness on the present moment. Being in the moment helps you acknowledge, accept and cope with painful or intrusive thoughts, feelings and sensations."

I am interested to hear from you all – what do YOU think mindfulness is? What thoughts and ideas come to mind when hearing the word mindfulness?

Re: Topic Tuesday//How can I be mindful when I have a mindFULL//Tues. 20 March. 7pm - 9pm AEDT

Re: Topic Tuesday//How can I be mindful when I have a mindFULL//Tues. 20 March. 7pm - 9pm AEDT

Paying attention to your surroundings and to the five senses (touch, smell, sound, sight, taste). Being present in the moment rather than in the past or future.

Re: Topic Tuesday//How can I be mindful when I have a mindFULL//Tues. 20 March. 7pm - 9pm AEDT

Hi @Lauz,

I really like both those definitions of mindfulness. I think the key point is that it's about being fully present in the moment. We've talked a LOT about mindfulness here and here in Forum Land - how's that for shameless advertising! Smiley LOL 

I am a BIG fan of mindfulness. It is the most important tool I have in my toolkit for managing my super gigantic emotions. Smiley Happy

Re: Topic Tuesday//How can I be mindful when I have a mindFULL//Tues. 20 March. 7pm - 9pm AEDT

Hello @Lauz 

Hellos also to  @Tessarightpaw @Kirin @Nais @flowerpetals @soul @Lulu2 @Pepsimax @Adge @Determined @sjp @lisajane @Snowie @Teej @outlander @frog @Queenie @5-HT  @mohill @Shaz51 @Chris @CheerBear @Mizzle @BlueBay @Ellsworthkelly @Sheschemical and anyone else who pops by.

Really interested in this tonight. 

Re: Topic Tuesday//How can I be mindful when I have a mindFULL//Tues. 20 March. 7pm - 9pm AEDT

Hi @Lauz
When I hear the word mindfulness I think that is exactly what my mind feels like, full all the time

Re: Topic Tuesday//How can I be mindful when I have a mindFULL//Tues. 20 March. 7pm - 9pm AEDT

Hi @Shaz51, @Former-Member!

@Jaz4 - great way of describing mindfulness, I particularly like the focus on the five senses!

@Phoenix_Rising love the advertising! I am glad its being spoken about and more so that you have found it to be so helpful as a tool!

 

Re: Topic Tuesday//How can I be mindful when I have a mindFULL//Tues. 20 March. 7pm - 9pm AEDT

Mindfulness to me is being attentive, present in the task I am doing at that time. Doing it to the best of my ability, not taking shortcuts I know I will think less of myself for doing. 

Paying attention to that moment and my place in it. 
I would not have survived without practicing this. 

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