Happiness: Essential Mindfulness Practices
I am almost finished reading Happiness: Essential Mindfulness Practices by Thich Nhat Hahn and I highly recommend it!!
This is an amazing book that gives you practical tips to bring mindfulness into your daily life.
January is my busiest month of the year and I usually deal with a bit of anxiety from time to time. I’m usually fine during the day but when I sit down at night to relax anxiety will hit me over the head like a lead brick.
I’ve been putting into practice his technique to calm your anxiety by moving into your breath and imagining the lump of anxiety as if it were a tiny baby (I usually think of colic because I had 2 screaming babies with colic and I can relate to that). A tiny baby that needs to be held. It doesn’t need to be scolded or told to go away or ignored. Sometimes the only thing a crying baby needs is our love, our attention the energy of our presence.
It’s quite miraculous what begins to happen (not every time, but more times than not when I practice this regularly) the anxiety begins to dissolve and disappear. Yep, no Prozac or anxiety drugs. Just breathing and paying attention and being present with my pain. Give it a shot. Nothing to lose but everything to gain. ♥
UBC: Day 14
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