Mind Your Health

In order to better work holistically with my clients and have a more formal foundation in mindfulness and meditation, I have been taking the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course through UPEI’s Office of Skills Development and Learning (awesome and I highly recommend it). How is mindfulness defined? “Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We feel more alive. We also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation, and healing” (Jon Kabat-Zinn).

As I approach the eighth and final class, I want to share the seven “Attitudinal Foundations” of mindfulness: Non-judging; Patience; Beginner’s Mind; Trust; Non-striving; Acceptance; Letting go. There’s really too much to explain it all here, so I’ve summed it up as best I can in the following poem:

Mind Your Health

Mind your health with a healthy mind
Lean on a friend, be someone who is kind
Minds may wander, a fact through and through
Life happens in moments, that’s always been true
Take time for yourself to breathe and just be
Feel what you feel, the truth sets you free
Slow down, be still, be quiet, meditate
Please don’t strive, and do not concentrate
Nourish your body and feed your soul
Find patience and acceptance
Avoid the hole
Be one with nature in the rain and sunlight
Hear snowflakes fall and see autumn leaves bright
Let go of judgement of self and other
Without trust, a heart might smother
Be true to yourself in your heart and mind
And good health will be yours, I’m sure you will find

 

For more information about my private practice and counselling services, please visit my web site at http://www.dbcounsellingpei.ca/

Dianne 🙂

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