Pay attention to your attention

I came across an interesting talk about attention.

I practice mindfulness for quite a while and it’s been really helpful so far. But you need to be consistent. Doing it once or twice and then forget about it won’t do the trick.
It was also an obligatory part of my recent psychotherapy. Priceless add-on to an already great program.

What about you, do you practice mindfulness, what is your favorite form of it?

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13 thoughts on “Pay attention to your attention”

  1. I’ve not found mindfulness helpful. It’s just one more trendy new therapy that works for some and not for others. Such is life. My old therapist’s method of ‘setting one small goal then accepting how I feel for the day’ has served me far better than CBT, exposure therapy, psychotherapy, etc.
    You use what serves your own needs πŸ™‚

    • It’s not a trendy new therapy, the method is known for ages and comes from meditation. But indeed, there is no thing that works for everyone. Your idea about setting small goals sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing your insights.

      • I did not mean it offensively. The DSM and therapists are constantly changing the accepted treatments so it starts to feel like a trend. In the 80’s it was Prozac and talk therapy. In the 90’s it was second gen antidepressants and exposure therapy. In the 2000’s it became behavioral therapy as opposed to medication, and now it is mindfulness.
        I think all forms should be considered at any given time as opposed to ‘trending’ as the current one size fits all mentality the field has.
        Sorry if you felt I belittled mindfulness, it was not my intention.

  2. I like to practice mindfulness by recognizing when I’m overly anxious and taking a moment to write down why. It’s very calming for me and helps me pinpoint what I’m struggling with.

  3. I’ve been really practising just staying in the present and moving forwards, staying relaxed, whenever I start to feel like ruminating, or criticising myselfβ€” over the last few days. And it’s really helped! :). Once I start to get too irritable or doing OCD things, only exercise can truly get me out of that mindset, so I’ve also been doing a lot of pressups these last few days. Those have really helped!

    Here’s a funny thingβ€” this week I’ve discovered death metal music. I find THAT helps to keep me in the present, as well as beautifully blocking out harsh sounds! πŸ˜†. It actually has a relaxing effect by helping to express negative emotions, and it’s in such an over-the-top way that there’s a humourous slant to it, lol. Alsoβ€” doing things around the house whilst listening to energetic music is the best thing! It’s helped so much to not get stuck into rituals!

    • It’s great to hear about music. I can’t relate to this at all πŸ˜€ But I can relate to the exercise thing, it works really well for me too πŸ™‚

  4. The very next time I read a blog, I hope that it does not disappoint me just as much as this particular one. After all, Yes, it was my choice to read, nonetheless I genuinely thought you’d have something interesting to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of crying about something that you can fix if you were not too busy seeking attention.


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