Mindfulness During Stressful Times

Learning to practice mindfulness during stressful times helps us to appreciate the present moment.  Even when life around you is stressful, being mindful of the little things in life can be beautifully uplifting.

For clarity, Mindfulness is the psychological process of purposely bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment without judgment, which one develops through the practice of meditation and through other training. (Wikipedia)

Mindfulness is a state of active, relaxed attention on the present moment. When you are doing something you love — listening to music, walking in nature, or even playing with your dog — it’s easy to focus attention and just enjoy.

During stressful times, people tend to get anxious — and anxiety is contagious to those around you. Just as people panicked over the Coronavirus by purchasing more toilet paper and sanitizers than they needed, this causes others to panic and doing the same.  Now, not only do we need to deal with the illness, we are dealing with anxiety and the damage it causes.

How can we get a handle on our reactions during this time?Mindfulness During Stressful Times

Meditation Teacher, Tara Brach offers the following tips in an interview with Vox:

(“Our calm is contagious”: How to use mindfulness in a pandemic)

Interviewer, Sigal Samuel:

In your new book Radical Compassion, you also offer a short meditation practice called RAIN, which I’ve found helpful. Can you spell out what the acronym means?

Meditation Teacher, Tara Brach:

Yes, I use the acronym because It’s an easy-to-remember handle if you’re getting caught in fear. It stands for recognize, allow, investigate, nurture. [SS: You can listen to a guided RAIN meditation here.]

First, just recognize, “Okay, I’m feeling fear.” Mentally whisper it, and that helps right away.

Then allow it. Just let it be there, don’t try to run away or fix it or control it or judge it.

Then investigate it. Begin to come into the body and just feel where the fear is in the body. Find out how it feels and breathe with it, with a gentle quality of attention.

And then nurture. You might just put your hand on your heart and offer a kind or soothing message to yourself. You can say to the fear, “Thank you for trying to protect me; it’s okay.” I sometimes will say to myself, “It’s okay, sweetheart.”

Should you feel anxiety, fearful or panicky, take time to stop and center yourself with Tara’s RAIN Steps:

  1. Recognize the feeling
  2. Allow the feeling to be there
  3. Investigate and feel where the fear is in the body
  4. Nurture yourself

NOTE:  Should you feel that you need extra help and prayer during this time, please consider scheduling a private Mind Treatment Prayer Session with me.  Or you can email me at SpiritualChefSandy@gmail.com

And …. if you are looking for an online Sunday Service, check out Rev. David Robinson’s Centers for Spiritual Living, Olympia, Washington Sunday Service. (Some of you may have met him while he was minister of the Center in Clarkston, Washington.)

  • Meditation starts at 10:45 and the Service starts at 11:00 am every Sunday (for the next several weeks).
  • Log in to https://zoom.us/meeting, MEETING ID 789-699-326

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