Friday, October 12, 2018

A Fall Lesson on Mindfulness

If I Could See Further - Celeste's Photography

Neuroscience can't tell us why, but it does tell us that our brain changes when we use cognitive and meditative therapies. This is especially important for those of us who experience chronic pain, because "chronic background noise" surfaces to our conscious mind when it reaches a point of saturation. At that point it screams out for attention. But, that’s the wonderful thing about our mind. If we stay alert and recognize background noise before it reaches the point of maximum saturation, we can bust through harmful thoughts using intentional mindful awareness.

“Mindful awareness expands my being
and encourages me to live consciously, without judgment.”
~Celeste Cooper

Broken Body, Wounded Spirit:
Balancing the See-Saw of Chronic Pain

Our pain is not the villain here; it is the result of a bad actor invading our body. It doesn’t want to exist anymore than we want to experience it. So, being hard on it isn’t helpful, it won’t make it go away, and it won’t make us feel better.


by Celeste Cooper, RN and Jeff Miller, PhD

Think of a bright fall day, briskness on the edge of arriving, leaves a colorful artist’s pallet, and migrant birds are flying overhead in the backdrop of a crisp blue sky. These are examples of being mindful. All we have to do is be present and aware in the moment admonishing our role as critic.

How is being mindful important to me today?

Excerpt Fall Devotions, Day 10
Available on Amazon and all major outlets.


Being mindful of our pain without judgment redirects our thoughts to create an environment that is appreciated fully.​  

To unleash victory, I must have an open mind and willing heart,
judge not, embrace change, and be a steadfast observer of self.

Additional Reading:

Pained Ink Slayer Series: Mindfulness and Chronic Pain
Getting Physical with Our Body Talk 

In healing,

Celeste Cooper, RN / Author, Freelancer, Advocate

Think adversity?-See opportunity!

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