Are you sleeping at night?
“Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.”
– Jon Kabat-Zinn
This week my sleep has been elusive. I know why. I’ve been watching too much news that documents multiple natural disasters as they unfold. My heart and thoughts have been with people around the world struggling as they face adversity.
Our humanity compels us to watch, but the format of presentation, jumping from story to story and image to image, does not allow for mindful processing of what we witness.
I know that it’s only by acknowledging the impact things have on us that we are able to properly attend to our needs.
What I really need to do is find a moment when I can simply be still and present with my emotions.
Doing art is a helpful activity that allows me to make sense of my day.
If I allow myself this time for reflection, I will sleep better.
Is there any part in your day that allows you to pause and reflect on how you are doing? What might carving out this time for yourself look like?
There’s no “right way” of doing mindfulness. It’s a matter of what is right for you.
Belinda Seagram, Ph.D., R. Psych.
Executive Director, Landing Strong