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 , curiosity, letting go and trust. Mindfulness gives us the awareness and clarity to view challenging events as opportunities for creative, flexible problem-solving and personal growth.

Read more: Installment 10

AVOIDING AVOIDANCE
Prior musings have focused on mindful attitudes as tools for mental health and stress management. These attitudes include non-judgmental acceptance, patience, curiosity, letting go, non-striving and trust. Mindfulness gives us the awareness and clarity to view challenging events as opportunities for creative, flexible problem-solving and personal growth. This musing will emphasize the healthy mental habit of avoiding avoidance!

Read more: Installment 11

Prior musings have outlined a method of optimizing physical, mental and spiritual health by focusing on self-care and embracing the mindful attitudes of non-judgmental acceptance, patience, curiosity, trust, non-striving and letting go.

Using these concepts during stressful events can be difficult, but highly effective and rewarding. It is important to be kind to ourselves, accepting our limitations and examining our behaviour during difficult times. We need to honestly look at our successes and failures when challenged,resolving to learn from life's continuous succession of tests. Reframing difficulties as "mindful opportunities" can reinforce use of healthy attitudes instead of falling back into less helpful patterns we may have used in the past when stressed.

Read more: Installment 12: Managing Mindful Opportunities