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Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. (Definition by Oxford Languages)
Dr. Chris Germer, a clinical psychologist and co-creator of the Mindful Self Compassion program, made a wonderful definition of what is mindfulness and what is (self) compassion:
In self compassion, when we suffer, we treat ourself like we would treat a dear friend. We include ourselves in our circle of compassion.
People who are self-compassoinate are not selfish nor weak. On the contrary, the research (done by Dr. Kristin Neff) shows that people with self compassion are:
By practicing mindfulness and self-compassion we really get to know ourselves. By streching the inner vessel to hold more of our experience and more parts of our being with compassion, we become more loving and more generous towards ourself and also towards our relationships and the world. The practice of mindfulness develops our mindful BEING and our mindful DOING. It is a practice in both - a loving aware presence and a conscious way of relating to the world.
In mindfullness sessions I accompany you through different stages:
The level of content
Your Inner Life
The ever-changing dance
Stream of Life
Pure awareness beyond
Your soul in the world
While practicing Mindfulness we move through these four aspects in circles or spirals. With each round we embrace a new part of ourselves and finally bring it out to the world in form of loving action. With each round we enlarge our capacity for containing more of ourselves, of our experiences and, finally, more of our love. With each round we are closer to our essence, as we work through the shadows and blockages, embracing our parts and our vilnerability. While walking the way we develop a fearless heart and we learn what I call the Golden Alchemy - turning suffering into golden wisdom and deep happiness of the soul.
Aware in the Now
BEING vs. THINKING
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