The “M” word
The “M” word is commonly misunderstood and tends to carry various meanings. “Attention training” or “focused awareness” are probably better terms to describe what meditation actually is. A type of meditation called “mindfulness” is defined as “the mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment”. It is an active brain workout specifically for training your attention and increasing awareness. Did you know that practicing mindfulness can create new neural pathways? Essentially rewiring your brain!
The R.A.I.N method is a great tool to use any time but particularly when you begin to experience a strong emotion.
So, the next time you begin to feel some sort of way try these 4 steps:
1. R Recognize what is happening
2. A Allow it to be
3. I Investigate the inner experience
4. N Non-Identification or Nurture
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