Mindful Musings

Written By Gerald Levine MD

Prior musings have focused on mindful attitudes as tools for mental health and stress management.  These attitudes include:   non-judgmental acceptance, patience and curiosity.  Another mindful quality is letting go or non-attachment.

Living in the present moment requires letting go of previous moments.   It is a continuous process of tuning in to the present, gently letting go, then refocusing on the new moment.  Many of us try to hold onto pleasant moments and avoid or push away unpleasant situations.   Clinging to moments that have passed detracts from moment-by-moment reality as it is unfolding.  A mindful way of life allows us to embrace fully all that life sends our way, whether pleasant, unpleasant or neutral.

Letting go or non-attachment also applies to material goods. Our society is geared to attach value to material wealth and possessions.   Material goods are a “quick fix” when we are anxious or upset.  This mental “junk food” seldom nourishes us.  An over attachment to material goods adds to our stress.  We may find ourselves in financial difficulty preventing us from pursuing our passions for fear of losing financial status.  If we become pre-occupied with material pursuits, we may not have time for a nourishing balance of physical activity, communion with nature, creativity, spiritual pursuits and giving to others.

Read more: Installment Seven: Letting Go

Prior musings have focused on mindful attitudes as tools for mental health and stress management. These attitudes include   non-judgmental acceptance, patience and curiosity.   Installment 7 focused on the importance of letting go and non-attachment as mindful qualities. This musing will expand on the theme of letting go in a personal way as I recently lost my father.

Read more: Installment Eight: Letting Go, Part II

Prior musings have focused on mindful attitudes as tools for mental health and stress management. These attitudes include non-judgmental acceptance, patience , curiosity and letting go. Mindfulness gives us the awareness and clarity to view challenging events as opportunities for creative, flexible problem-solving and personal growth.

The mindful attitude of trust will be examined in this instalment.

Read more: Installment 9