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We often read that the practice of mindfulness is helpful for managing symptoms of depression or other psychiatric diagnoses.
That is good to know, but it might leave us wondering exactly how mindfulness helps.
Keeping the mind focused and aware is a helpful way to avoid negative thoughts. Here are a few ways that practicing mindfulness can help you focus and manage your symptoms.
The thoughts that occupy our mind may be negative, our feelings may be painful and our brain chemistry may not always be optimal, but our mind – our pure awareness of self and others – is not altered by these things.
Mind is neither ill nor symptomatic, and can never be. This understanding allows us – if we choose – to question our habitual problematic thoughts and wonder if it is possible to release them for good.
"Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally." ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
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