Manage emotional responses with mindfulness
Emotions determine what we pay attention to and what motivates our behavior. They are a product of a lifetime of experiences.
If we’ve faced negative experiences, we can suffer – even decades after an event. We see this most clearly when severe distress or traumatic experiences damage our ability to function in the ways we want.
By following mindfulness techniques, we can rewire the way we respond to situations so our emotions no longer cause us to suffer or behave in ways that don’t serve us well.
We cannot change the past, but we absolutely can train ourselves to operate differently in the present. Mindfulness allows us to see hardships as opportunities for growth to emerge from our deepest suffering. Mindfulness can transform post-traumatic stress into post-traumatic growth.
Check out this video by renown meditation teacher Sharon Salzburg to learn more:
Mindfulness for emotional health
Free ourselves from reactionary habits, like losing our temper or withdrawing
Respond to challenges with intention and control
Be comfortable in situations that were previously avoided
Transform traumatic experiences into growth opportunities
Step out of our “story” and see things more objectively