When life feels painful, we want change; often when people hire me they want help changing feelings, behaviors, and thoughts. When you work with me – we will work together to support you in making changes that are based in self-acceptance. This kind of change unfolds in a natural and easeful way, from a part of you that is not driven by exacting expectations.
Self-acceptance is an important part of experiencing yourself differently and it is a fundamental component of mindfulness.
A mediation teacher and researcher, John Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”
Another way to describe mindfulness is the practice of noticing, just noticing. Nothing to change. Nothing to fix. Mindfulness is the process of aligning yourself with unconditional acceptance. You might notice judgment and then return to noticing breathing. In the process of repeatedly moving your attention away from judging toward resting in being, you grow your experience of being with what is as it is; you grow your experience of acceptance.
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