Pain is important and provides us with loads of information about ourselves and our environment.
It can be easy to chase our thoughts into a cycle of worry and rumination. The good news is that with some practice, we can learn to look at our thoughts for what they are. Rather than just taking our thoughts and feelings as fact, it is often beneficial to take a step back and sort through what the brain is making up and what is the reality.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, one of the foremost mindfulness experts, shares, “Mindfulness means moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness. It is cultivated by refining our capacity to pay attention, intentionally, in the present moment, and then sustaining that attention over time as best we can. In the process, we become more in touch with our life as it is unfolding.”