“Ask yourself: Where am I? Answer: Here
Ask yourself: What time is it? Answer: Now. Say it until you can hear it.” – Ram Dass
In therapy we explore the idea of mindfulness. The concept of mindfulness is the state of open attention to the present. The process of observing personal thoughts, feelings and body sensations without judgment. This moment of pause allows us to lower tension, diminish anxiety and foster a greater sense of self awareness. As we move throughout our daily lives with numerous external stressors, a moment of pause can create a sense of control. I encourage my patients to practice those moments throughout the day. Step away from distractions and pause. After the pause and moment of mindfulness comes a time to reset and refresh. Just like our computers, if too many programs are running at the same time we find that we need to pause and restart for optimal effectiveness. I encourage the reader to make a moment of pause and mindfulness a daily practice.
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes … including you.” — Anne Lamott
Alicia Lurry MA LPC