The overall aim of the practices in Mindfulness and Self-Compassion is to adopt a non-judgmental acceptance of whatever is there and befriending ourselves in the present moment. The goal is not necessarily to achieve a perfectly calm, relaxed state, but to be aware, to suspend judgement for a while, so we can practice kind acceptance of the here and now, as it is, with compassion. In this way, we are learning to relate to ourselves differently, so instead of being over-critical, we can orient our mind to appreciate with a kind and joyful awareness.
Mindfulness and Self-Compassion are complex skills. Start gradually 5-10 minutes every day and then increase to 20-30 minutes, once or twice a day. Some people will experience immediate benefits from the practice while for others, it may take a few weeks of daily practices before they notice the benefit and effectively start re-wiring their brain.
Website for Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Programs: MindfulPath
Daily postings: Facebook Mindful Path Gold Coast Community
Mindfulness app for all ages: Smiling Mind and
Free Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction(MBSR) 8-week Program: Palouse Mindfulness: Stress reduction and wellbeing.
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