Week Four:   Compassion Practice


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Unlike we are often taught in the West, the solution to a problem may be doing less, not more.  Mindfulness proposes that the more we try to fix or improve things, the more we get stuck in them.  But if we are willing to simply be aware, without entanglement, things will slowly come to an equilibrium.

What we call meditation – sitting quietly without moving – is a particularly focused form of mindfulness. But mindfulness practice goes beyond conventional meditation.  Once we have some training in mindfulness meditation, we can extend mindfulness to any other activity, until eventually mindfulness becomes a way of life.  We become much more aware of what is going on, within and without. When we’re angry we know we’re angry, when we’re afraid we know we’re afraid.

With awareness of our inner state we don’t react wildly, compelled by unconscious impulses.  Instead we respond with much more accuracy and kindness.  This movement from reactivity to response is the key shift that mindfulness practice aims for.  But it comes about on its own with training, without forcing anything.


– From Mindfulness in Plain English

Home Practices

Informal
  • Notice the influence of the ‘voice of judgment’If someone next to you started whispering into your ear everything you were thinking … how would you respond?
Formal
  • Compassion practice daily
ADHD
  • ADHD, change, and judgment
    • Identifying the EF underneath an ADHD-related issue
    • Prioritizing one concern
    • Taking a single step
    • Habitual actions and behaviors
    • And now … notice when judging mind is involved

     

    Guided practices:

    Loving Kindness