Saturday, 22 February 2014

ACTing Mindfully in Daily Life

The secret to achieving inner peace lies in understanding our inner core values- those things in our lives that are most important to us- and then seeing that they are reflected in the daily events of our lives.
~ Hyrum W. Smith

What is the function of this Mindfulness lark that so many people are harping on about?  The whole idea behind Mindfulness is that we consciously work on bringing more of our time and attention to the present moment- the here and now. 

How is ACTing Mindfully different to Mindfulness?  Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) is a mindfulness-based approach that places a particular emphasis on connecting with our values- those things that matter most to us.  In a nutshell, ACTing mindfully is around three things. 

Learning to cultivate acceptance and compassion towards the things that are outside of our control and a willingness to do things that feel uncomfortable in they are in the service of something that matters to us.

Connecting to this present moment and what matters most to us rather than getting caught up in the past, future or things that have relatively little significance in our lives.

Taking meaningful action that brings us closer towards who and where we want to be.  Essentially acting in a way that we would be proud to stand over with integrity if we were to see our actions rehashed on a video.

If this is something you are interested in finding out more about, here is a 1-hour video where I overview the ACTing Mindfully approach.

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