Monday, March 28, 2016

How mindfulness helped me in an overwhelming time

One of my biggest fears happened to me on Friday afternoon. If you know my Father at all, he is always putzing around on the property,  building one thing or another. I received a call from my Mom, that my Dad had a bad accident and was going to the hospital in an ambulance. A little while later, she called me telling me that he was being airlifted to a hospital better equipped for his injuries. Dad is always getting hurt in some way or another (a family curse, we joke), but this one was different.

After getting off of the phone with my Mom, I called my husband and a good friend to tell them I was immediately leaving town to visit him in the hospital. As I was crying, I began to start my mindfulness practices. I monitored my breathing and took notice of all of my thoughts. I even remember looking at the frozen trees as I drove past them and thought about how pretty they looked. It was an hour and a half drive, so I had time to work on my mindfulness.

If you don't know what mindfulness is, here is a brief overview. Mindfulness encourages you to notice your  body and your surroundings. It's being present in the moment and accepting what thoughts come to your mind.

It can be practiced anywhere. Some people get formal training in mindfulness and some others try on their own. There isn't a right way or wrong way to practice mindfulness. The most important thing is being involved with the present moment.

Mindfulness allows you to build up resilience to stressful situations and to be patient with yourself and others.

If you'd like to try practicing mindfulness, I suggest setting aside a few minutes each day to practice. You could try it before you go to sleep, which is what I do. Or if you're on the go, try driving to work with no sound.

To start, take a deep breath and let your thoughts flow. Recognize them for what they are, even if you think they are silly. Then gradually expand your awareness to your surroundings. Take stock of what you experienced and how it felt. I also suggest writing in a journal. Good luck!

Simply Yours,

A. Leah


  1. Jon And Myla Kabat-Zinn made a huge difference in my parenting!

  2. I'm so glad! Thank you for your comment! :)