If mindfulness is the sharpening of one’s ability to notice, then perhaps this noticing can be applied to the subtle changes in thoughts, behavior, and emotions that precede or come concurrently with the onset of a mood change or a psychotic episode. One changes as one enters any psychiatric episode. Noticing these changes can enable the individual to take whatever steps are necessary, and effective, to head off a debilitating psychiatric break.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Meditation is quite different from sitting there doing nothing, thinking nothing. It is instead a focused attention on one’s present experience. A chance to minimize the distractions that pull one away from the present. Pleasant events are often spoiled by comparison to other good experiences or worry that this wonder may soon end. Difficult experiences are often tempered by a desire for escape and the fantasy of being somewhere else doing something else. The mind will wander all over the place and our present experience, good or bad, may be missed.
So meditation becomes a practice. A practice to remain here, in the present moment, fully aware. It is something that must be practiced to achieve benefit, and the practice, though simple, can be extremely challenging. But the benefits, as described in other posts and in countless others’ experience, are worth it.
So how does one begin?