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Spring is here. All around are the signs of growth, renewal, and
regeneration.This month I am sharing with you the way in which the
practice of mindfulness has helped me to create growth and reduce pain
in my own life and my practice as a therapist. How can mindfulness help
us in the journey of growth? Our present experience is a powerful lens
for self reflection and discovery.
is the practice of being in the present, attending to our experience,
sensation, emotion and thought-without judgement. The disciplines of
meditation and yoga are ways of developing this mindfulness. All of
us are ever changing and growing. I hope this article will inspire you
to look again at your life with curiosity, wonder and possibility.
Lisa Maurel, MFT
relationships you have attracted in your life at this moment, are
precisely the ones you need in your life at this moment. There is a
hidden meaning behind all events, and this hidden meaning is serving
your own evolution."
- Deepak Chopra
When Pain Is Your Teacher
recently have had some significant back pain. I was aware of it-but I
usually pushed through it. One morning the pain became so severe, I
could no longer ignore it. I hobbled into my physicians office and
after a series of x-rays; I was told that I had a degenerating disk in
my lower back.
Looking at the model of the
spine: I could see the connection between bone, muscle and the
complex way my body had been trying to cope with the pain I was
ignoring. I felt compassion for my body-twisting and tensing itself to
protect me from the pain. My body had made a kind of sacrifice for me.
I felt this urge to be kinder to it; to thank it for making the
sacrifice and I my intention to treat my body with more care.
I have begun to heal, I have seen this lesson everywhere. What I notice
is that my life reflects back to me, the problem and the solution. But
without mindfulness and awareness of the present, I fail to grasp the
wisdom that is contained within this moment.
Mindfulness and Therapy
further sign of health is that we don't become undone by fear and
trembling, but we take it as a message that it's time to stop
struggling and look directly at what's threatening us." Pema Chodron
is the ability to stop struggling or fighting with what is and to face
up to what we fear. It is our willingness to see what we are
experiencing, without judgement and to welcome our experience and
invite it to enlighten us. Like a good friend, it arrives in our psyche
or our body, to offer its wisdom.
messenger comes in many forms. We often begin the journey of seeking
wellness through therapy because of emotional pain, relationship
conflict, loss, substance abuse, or the search for deeper meaning in
their lives. While our unique experience is shaped by our ethnicity,
our gender, our sexuality; our birth order and our family of origins;
we all carry wounding that centers itself in our fear and shame.
all of my clients, I serve as a kind of mirror. Using awareness and
attention to the present moment with all its experience, I reflect,
without judgement. I serve as a kind of teacher and guide into the
territory that has terrified or confused for so long. Through the
experience of being heard, we become more adept at listening to
ourselves. My clients use this experience to increase their own self
awareness and self acceptance as well as using other disciplines that
support their growth.
Mindfulness and the Heart.
Fear constricts. Love expands. Mindfulness enables us to expand our hearts.
we live our lives from a place of fear, we become high-jacked in to
states of physiological arousal that affect our ability to problem
solve. We often live out habitual reactionary states when fear is our
normal. This hampers our power as people, to consider the infinite
possibilities of our lives. Fear keeps us in the cage of "should's",
"have to's" and "must's" ; rather than living from a place of our
truest desire and passion.
Fear is a constant part of the human experience. But we can learn to observe our fear, without becoming enslaved to it.
can expand our hearts beyond fear. Through mindful ways of living and
being, we can live our lives from the ground of our infinite hearts and
our truest desires. In traditional psychology, we might understand this
as our "differentiated adult" or our "actualized self". There are many
roads that can help us find the way to our center: our open heart. And
when we are ready to make this journey, we will usually encounter a
book, a teacher, a therapist, or a mentor that brings us along the next
leg of our journey.
The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life (Chopra, Deepak)
by Deepak Chopra by Three Rivers Press
Paperback ~ Release Date: 2005-09-27
The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving Kindness
by Pema Chodron by Shambhala
Paperback ~ Release Date: 2001-08-21
Peace on your journey,
Lisa Maurel, MFT
© 2009 Lisa Maurel, MFT, Lic. 32416 - All rights reserved.