Sunday, May 01, 2011

Care provider support and mindfulness

I just found a pdf file of a paper written by two army officers about meditation and relilence. There's a lot of good stuff there. For now, let me offer these snippets:
Mindfulness is a way of being, a way of seeing, a way of knowing. One definition describes mindfulness as a way of being in which one is highly aware and focused on the reality of the present moment, accepting and acknowledging it, without getting caught up in the thoughts that are about the situation or emotional reactions to the situation.
The primary purpose of meditation is to cultivate a non-judgmental awareness of body and mind, and secondarily to learn how to witness events and experiences on a moment-to-moment basis. Meditation practices can also help to foster insights into one’s habitual and reactive patterns of perceiving and behaving, thus facilitating change of these patterns.
The full title of the paper is "The Use of Meditation and Mindfulness Practices to Support Military Care Providers: A Prospectus". You might like to go over and take a look.

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