Try Mind­ful­ness Med­i­ta­tion

Ob­serve your thoughts, emo­tions, sen­sa­tions, mem­o­ries with­out get­ting drawn into them

Reader's Digest (India) - - M Nd -

Sad­hana* was con­cerned about her hus­band Ravi, a cor­po­rate chief, due to re­tire soon. “I dread the day... He must al­ways have his way. He is busy at work, so I’ve sur­vived so far. Once he re­tires no one will give him the time of day. I’m afraid he’s go­ing to fol­low me around and make my life mis­er­able as he will have no one else to or­der around.”

I called and asked Ravi if he could come and give me some point­ers to help Sad­hana “cope with her menopause.” Ravi read­ily agreed and started off by telling me about his achieve­ments, of the many thou­sand peo­ple who worked un­der him, and of the subor­di­nates he reg­u­larly coun­selled.

Real­iz­ing it would be fu­tile to even try talk­ing to him about is­sues at hand, I thought that per­haps what I couldn’t do, the Bud­dha could. “Could you sit with Sad­hana while she lis­tened to an on­line course on mind­ful­ness and did some guided med­i­ta­tion?” I asked, for a start, adding, “Help her fo­cus and con­firm to me that she un­der­stood the teach­ings prop­erly.”

Ravi had some doubts about mind­ful­ness med­i­ta­tion till I told him that it can be very help­ful for re­liev­ing anx­i­ety, mild de­pres­sions, even pain. I told him how for the last three decades Dr Jon Ka­batZinn at the Univer­sity of Mas­sachusetts Med­i­cal School had been run­ning a mind­ful­ness-based stress re­duc­tion ( MBSR) clinic for pa­tients with a wide range of dis­or­ders. It has been found to be so use­ful that other clin­ics across the world adopted MBSR. I sug­gested they read Ka­bat-Zinn’s book, Full Catas­tro­phe Liv­ing, to learn mind­ful­ness. If you don’t al­ready know about it, mind­ful­ness med­i­ta­tion is a way of de­vel­op­ing a non-judge­men­tal aware­ness of the contents of con­scious­ness: thoughts, emo­tions,

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