In This Chapter
^ Taking your thoughts less seriously ^ Embracing your feelings ^ Staying connected to the present
5 it quietly for a few moments and pay attention to your breathing. Feel the air as it passes through your nostrils and slowly fills your lungs. Experience the sensation of your lungs deflating as you exhale. If thoughts come into your mind, notice them as an observer and allow them to pass through. Go back to focusing on your breathing.
This breathing exercise is designed to introduce you to mindfulness. Mindfulness is a state of awareness of the present in the absence of judgment, analysis, and reasoning. In other words, it's awareness without dwelling on your thinking. (That's why we think the term mindfulness really ought to be "mindlessness," but alas, the world has adopted the term "mindfulness," so we'll go along with that.) You can't achieve mindfulness without acceptance, which involves patience and tolerance as well as willingness to feel and experience "what is" without resistance. In this chapter, we guide you through the acceptance of your thoughts and feelings so that you can achieve mindfulness.
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