techniques to try for better mindfulness:
*Goals in bold*
- Replace judgemental thoughts and statements with non-judgemental ones
TIPS: state facts, describe facts, describe consequences of the event, describe your own feelings in response to the facts.
-Observe your judgemental facials, postures, and voice tones.
-Imagine a person you are angry with and bring to mind what that person has done to make you angry. Try to become that person seeing life from their point of view. Imagine the person's feelings, fears, hopes, and wishes. Imagine that person's history and what has happened in his/her history.
One-Mindfulness w/ tasks
-Awareness while making tea/coffee: do each movement slowly- be aware of each detail of every movement, breathe gently
-Awareness while washing the dishes - do it consciously, do not rush through it. Consider each dish to be the most important thing
- Awareness with meditation- close your eyes, sit comfortably, breathe in "one" breathe out "one" Say the word "one" as your breathe in and out, try not to move. Continue practicing a little past wanting to stop.
-Observe when you begin to get angry/hostile with someone, Ask yourself is this effective?
- Observe yourself when you start wanting to be "right" instead of effective, give up being "right" and try to switch to effective
- Notice willfulness in yourself- ask yourself is this effective?
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