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SoulCollageĀ® Inspiration . . . articles and ideas for using SoulCollageĀ®

Mindfulness & SoulCollage
by Suzie Wolfer LCSW
 Comfort
I hear the word "mindfulness" a lot more than I did 25 years ago when I first started practicing meditation.

Last week, a client asked me, "How would you define mindfulness?"    And it got me thinking.

I experience mindfulness as an alert, sustained, flexible focus of attention on "what is."

Using our SoulCollage cards in a mindful way, working with our cards becomes part of our spiritual practice.  We might begin our "ritual" with a little prayer or blessing, invoking The Source to help us find a healing voice through the cards; to bring compassion into our lives.

Mindfulness is easy when everything's going great.  But in challenging times, when our minds and emotions froth like a stormy sea, your SoulCollage cards can offer that still small voice of calmness and neutrality about "what is" and then begin to calm the storm in the mind.

The 3-Minute Breathing Space

As an example, your kids are screaming, the house is a mess, you've got a project due in 3 hours. 

  • Draw a card you like from your deck and ask, "What would you have me know?" 
  • Listen. Just be.  Let the words come to you without seeking.  The simple act of listening will start to calm the mind.  Kindling receptivity signals the body to breathed.  
  • Let a tiny micro smile come to your lips and watch the tide of well being start to flow from your nervous system to your body.
  • Now ask your card 3 simple questions:
1.  What is?
2.  How can I be more present?
3.  What's next?

Listen for the answers.  Let the message come to you.  Stop seeking.  Be open and receptive like a flower opening to the suns warmth.
  • Alert
  • Sustained
  • Flexible
  • Focus of attention on
  • "What is."
Now go back to what you were doing.

Be prepared to be more peaceful and productive


See the similarities between
SoulCollage® and Mindfulness


What happens when we practice:

 

Mindfulness

SoulCollage®

We are totally absorbed in what we are doing.  We have that delicious feeling of Flow.  We live in the present moment

 

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We have a gentle awareness of our thoughts, rather than believing our  thoughts

 

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We are deeply engaged so that it keeps our attention focused, so that distractions cannot penetrate

 

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As our attention focuses and narrows, self-consciousness evaporates

 

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Awareness and action merge

 

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We feel sense of personal mastery

 

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The experience is intrinsically rewarding so it is a lasting pleasure in and of itself.  Its memory empowers us.

 

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Every moment is new, novel. We sit in that place of not knowing, of discovery

 

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We let go of self improvement, and see and feel what is instead

 

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Our powerful focus and awareness on what is,  helps us see the  hidden meaning and power in every day life

 

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Benefits of the practice

 

Mindfulness

 

SoulCollage®

Inoculates us against impulsive thoughts, worry, rumination

 

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Enables us to embrace rather than run away from troublesome behaviors or thought patterns, so we can heal

 

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We learn the power of acceptance by the very nature of the activity

 

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Optimal conditions for the practice

 

Mindfulness

 

SoulCollage®

Challenging but not unattainable, we use simple skills and we also stretch a little

 

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Matched to ability level, so as to not feel stressful, but not so easy it would be boring

 

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Goals needs to be clearly defined, concrete so that each step is clear

 

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Need immediate feedback, to gauge progress quickly.  If it’s not working it’s apparent and we change what we’re doing

 

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