Mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is an effective treatment method formulated by John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Mark Williams for the patients suffering from repeated and extreme depressive states.
The system is designed by combining the methods of cognitive therapy with mindfulness practices to establish a deeper sense of relief from various mental noises experienced by the patients of chronic depression.
Mindfulness exercises used in this therapy is derived from the teachings of Buddhist meditation practices that help a person to become more aware of his thoughts, sensations, feelings, emotions etc.
I don’t think any other practice comes close to the effectiveness and simplicity of mindfulness when it is about achieving the serenity of mind, that’s why I keep talking about it in my posts.
That was not a speculative statement, mindfulness has helped me to become an emotionally healthy person by pulling me out of depression. So, I really want you to understand that it is far better than any other technique especially because it’s easy and you can use it anytime, anywhere.
Mindfulness meditation is all about present moment awareness, using some simple methods you bring your attention to the NOW moment.
That may sound something simple, but it is very difficult to make your monkey mind focus on the present, the more aware you will become of your mind activities, the better your emotional state will get. Continue reading
In order to live a joyful life one has to be aware of his own thoughts and emotions.In today’s world we live quite a computer like life.
We are programmed to follow a particular routine on week days and on weekends we are doing stuff that we think is something that makes us happy.
If you are like most people in this world who have put their life on automation, just take a look on the past three months of your life-you will find that apart from few exceptional days it has been all the same.
I am not saying that one should leave his job or duties and go on to do sky diving every day, but what I am talking is related more to the awareness you have about yourself.
It is so important to focus on the things that you want in your life and make changes in your everyday schedule accordingly.
To be more conscious of your own thinking does not need you to leave all your daily works and sit down writing your thoughts on a notepad (you will go insane if you do that), all it needs is to keep a watch on your emotions.
The difference between people who live consciously and those who are living their life unconsciously is that the first ones recognize their negative feelings and do something about it whereas the latter ones are driven by their mind. Continue reading
You can bring your mind into the present moment by using your 5 senses and here we will discuss some very simple anytime and anywhere mindfulness exercises.
In his book “The Power of Now“, Eckhart Tolle has conveyed the message that the key to enlightenment is to live in the present moment, and mindfulness exercises will help you to achieve that in this busy world.
If you are into new age materials, I am telling you the key to the manifestation of your desires is the present moment awareness because this teaches you how to detach yourself from the need of having it and thus, you allow your abundance naturally by reaching the state of flow. Continue reading