Wellness - Meaning

 

 

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Finding Meaning in the NOW

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We cannot expect to live a life devoid of troublesome moments...but we can find valuable meaning in even the darkest of times.

 

There is a growing movement towards the use of mindfulness to help us manage stress, depression, pain and illness.

Mindfulness is a practise of noticing when your mind is in the ‘then’ (ruminating on the past or worrying about the future) and bringing it back to be present in the current moment. Not only does this give you a break from persistent and exhausting thought patterns it allows you to observe and appreciate things that might have otherwise slipped by unnoticed. In this way, being present in the now gives you a greater sense of wellbeing and happiness. Gratitude practises work in a similar way to bring your attention and appreciation back to things that benefit your wellbeing in some way.

When I first learned about these techniques it was my understanding the objective was to create a sense of happiness in the moment. After all, most of us just want to be happy right? However, as time went by I came to realise that being present in the moment was about more than just feeling a sense of pleasure or happiness about what you notice. It is about finding the purpose and meaning as well. When you look at it that way, the present moment doesn’t need to be perfect or even beautiful. You simply need to see the meaning and value that it adds to your life.

No matter what is happening in your ‘now’ give the moment meaning by responding in a way that reflects your values and contributes to your wellbeing as well as to others.

Take a moment to travel in your mind to the last minute of your life. When you look back ask - what kind of person do I want to have been? What personal traits would have been the most important to you? Make a list then narrow it down to the top five.


When you are next having a moment of mindfulness where you bring your thoughts and attention into the present moment, consider how that moment might be contributing to the person you want to be. Perhaps you are becoming more patient, courageous, generous, kinder, ingenious or loving. And if you are…then surely the moment has meaning!

I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.
Corazon Aquino

 

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