Hello from guest blogger, Lisa Robinson! As mentioned in previous posts, this month begins a series of reflections and observations I’ll share as I work my way through the program in the book “Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World” by Mark Williams and Danny Penman.
The first three chapters of the book are a very helpful introduction.
- Chapter 1 “Chasing Your Tail” makes the point that mindfulness provides awareness that you can use to learn to let go of negative memories and related thoughts.
- Chapter 2 “Why Do We Attack Ourselves?” explains that when things aren’t going well for us, we tend to focus on what we want but don’t have. This perpetuates negative thoughts.
- Chapter 3 “Waking Up to the Life You Have” is about perspective. When you gain awareness through learning mindful practices, you can view your life from a different place that transforms your experience and removes energy from the negatives.
Mindful awareness can be learned, and it enhances your enjoyment of simple, daily experiences. I really enjoyed experiencing the “The Chocolate Meditation,” which you can listen to at the link below.
(Yes, it involves eating chocolate. So if you enjoy chocolate as I do, you’re in for a pleasant experience. You could substitute another treat if you’re allergic to chocolate or don’t like it).
How Does This Relate to SEL or EQ?
Learning to be aware in the practice of mindfulness is a fundamental skill required to become proficient in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) or in the related competencies of emotional intelligence (EQ).
The benefits of mindfulness are far-reaching, and helpful in many ways. The Mindful book has a companion web site where you’ll find additional resources: http://franticworld.com/resources/
If you’re reading a copy of the book or try The Chocolate Meditation, I’d like to hear about your experience. Please feel free to either comment here or contact me directly at email@example.com
I look forward to sharing more in my next post. I hope you enjoy a mindful week.