Weaving mindfulness moments into everyday life can help decrease stress. Each time you move into the moment and experience a sense of ‘peace’, can elicit a relaxation response. The relaxation response is essentially a triggering of the parasympathetic nervous system and prompts the body to calm and rejuvenate.
Often, when one focuses on the moment, we are experiencing an emotion. There is a general belief that emotions can be either ‘positive’ or ‘negative’. In the video below Catherine, our primary counsellor at Sandstone Centre, speaks to the idea that emotions need not receive these unhelpful labels. She asserts that emotions are actually, beautiful, and they just ‘are’; to be experienced. That it is what we decide to do as we ‘react’ to our emotions, rather than ‘respond’, that has the potential for harm or unhelpful experience.
In the video posted below …. using a mindfulness exercise, Catherine guides the listener through an experience of accepting emotion, as an observer.