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Did you know our reactions to pain become filed in our brain? When it seems our brain is sputtering, maybe it really is. The information we feed our brain (our filing cabinet) is stored in file folders so it can be recalled...

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Mindfulness teacher Joseph Goldstein says, “We can train ourselves to be mindful of emotions, those powerful energies that sweep over our bodies and minds. How can we learn to move our attention away from plans, memories, judgments, and fantasies?” Try this:

  • Take a couple of deep breaths.
  • Focus on the colors, shapes, smells.
  • Identify and release thought projects. 
  • Appreciate that your mind is clear.
  • Fill it up with the present moment.
  • Repeat the magic as often as needed:
  • Enjoy being present

When things seem out of perspective, I try to be mindful of my surroundings or even my pain. I talk a great deal about this in all our books. Being mindful is simply learning to live in the now without judgment or fret over intruding thoughts. I often describe it as looking at life through the lens of a camera, for with a camera we are able to zoom in and capture the details present in our world. While a flower from a distance offers great beauty, one can never appreciate the detail of every stamen or petal until we see it up close. If we are lucky, we will even catch a bee or a butterfly sipping on its sweet nectar. This should be our metaphor for life.

We can learn to be mindful of our pain without judging it. After all, it is our body crying out for attention, love, and caring, not ridicule and disturbing dialogue. Learning to be mindful can redirect our thoughts to create an environment that is appreciated fully.

Living in the Now


Celeste Cooper RN Author - Educator and Pain Advocate