Most of the things we worry about never actually happen, but that doesn’t stop us from worrying. On the first day of school we might be a little nervous, for example, wondering what the other students will think of us. It’s amazing to which extent we can free ourselves from the habit of worrying about things all the time. By giving our thoughts a little more space we can stop the hamster from going around in the wheel. By taking a couple of breaths we can put a little distance between us and our worries, so that they don’t rule our lives.

Before an exam you might catch yourself thinking: «I’m not good enough.» Label that thought simply as a worry.

Mindful Thinking

  • The thought happens
  • Notice the thought and your reaction to it
  • What would a good friend say about your worry?

Thoughts are Thoughts
No More and No Less
Send goodness into the world
and goodness comes back

What goes around, comes around
Mindfulness practice is about learning / the awareness that your thoughts are thoughts and not black and white «truths». The same is true for our emotions.

Whether it is fear, anger, impatience or rage, when we register emotions in the spirit of mindfulness and recognize them for what they are, we open up new ways of being / a new relationship to our emotions – a new freedom.

A human being is a part of the whole called by us «the Universe», a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening the circle of understanding and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

Albert Einstein

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© April 2016
A Project for Mindfulness by Osterloh & GLOBART