MSC Week 2 - Practising Mindfulness
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Soles of the feet
What is mindfulness and the wandering mind
Resistance and how we cause ourselves unnecessary suffering
Backdraft - the ups and downs of learning self-compassion
Noticing resistance and exploring it. How does it show up, how might it serve you or not serve you, and what do you need in response?
Noticing Backdraft. Be gentle and slow if/when it shows up
Ways to work with backdraft include:
Reducing what may have triggered it
Use attention regulation (Soles of the feet or here-and-now-stone) Behavioural compassion (anything you may need right now)
Self-Compassion in Daily Life
Mindfulness in Daily Life - a routine activity that you can savour with all your senses
If you are practising along with your MSC Workbook, the chapters that correspond to today's class material are chapters 6-8
I close my eyes and sigh, and here I am lying in the hammock of my heart. Moving gently, with the soft air of my breath.
When I fall from my head past my words, I'm caught lovingly by the hammock of my heart and rocked to its rhythmic beat.
It is my peace, my rest, my quiet, cradled in the hammock of my heart. It is constant; it is safe to be held in the hammock of my heart. No place to go. Nothing to do. Nobody to please.
It is my altar, my blessing, my balm, here in the hammock of my heart.
by Jane O'Shea