Sunday, August 05, 2007

Mindfulness and stress

Take a look at a little article called "Mindfulness program reduces stress" . Here's part of what it says:
William Mies of Arnold has a new way to reduce stress and it doesn't involve screaming or banging pots and pans.

Called mindfulness-based stress reduction, the program uses breathing, yoga and meditation to help participants learn to handle stress.
During the meetings, Mr. Mies encourages group members to discuss things that triggers stress in their lives. Often, the sessions get personal with participants revealing painful memories.

"Many people think they can get rid of the pain and suffering by getting out of it; you have to go through it," Mr. Mies said. "The way to joy and freedom is to go through it.

"Stress is not what happens to you; stress is the way we deal with what happens to us."
Meditation teaches us how to deal skillfully with what happens to us. Not instantly, of course. It takes time and practice. But the benefits are real.

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