Posted in mindfulness

Mindfulness Exploration

“In mindfulness, acceptance always comes first, change comes after”

Shamash Alidina

Who is Shamash?

I am colouring in Art for Mindfulness, Geometrics:

Alongside the pages to colour are quotes that help me focus on being mindful.  I thought to help my journey I would explore some of these quotes.

“In mindfulness, acceptance always comes first, change comes after”

I like this quote because if I make change without accepting my starting place then it won’t be permanent.  Personal experience tells me this.  I have to learn to accept who I am in this condition, to be able to accept myself whether my health improves or worsens.

Its like wanting roast chicken as a change from boiled chicken but you have pork as the basis then chicken is not really a potential outcome.  Not overly sure if that makes sense to anyone but me (let me know!).

So I am working on accepting me in this moment, aware of potential future change and past experience but remaining in this moment.

I think that this quote is a good starting point for this thread of discussion.  I will add more quotes as I find ones that spark a response in me.

Please comment on your experience of mindfulness or thoughts of this quote specifically. I would really appreciate that!!

Advertisements

Author:

I was 46 years old when I begun this blog, female and married with a house full of cats (7). My past is littered with the impact of events that happened when I was a teen. Two loves of my life have been nursing and studying. I just completed my Master of Arts: Media Studies endorsement. My blog will be about the things I think about, that might be better served being written rather than squirreled away in my mind festering. It is the meanderings of my mind as I seek to define myself and my world.

3 thoughts on “Mindfulness Exploration

  1. I think I get your chicken/pork analogy. It’s like I’m craving chocolate now, but I don’t have any chocolate so I have to change my expectations. For me the quote says we have to recognize what needs to be changed before we can begin the process of change. Kind of like an acoholic has to accept that they have a problem in need help in order to change. That’s my take anyways.
    Great quote. I am not doing too well with mindfulness, but I am trying to learn to accept myself and love myself a little more. This is creating a lot of noise in my head tho.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I like that mindfulness says to accept that noise but to treat it as it is just thoughts and not automatically internalize them. I am practising observing my thoughts neutrally. Not quite there yet but it’s a lifelong journey not a race. Good luck with yours. Sam

      Liked by 1 person

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s