I love this as it’s in keeping, once again, with the very important concept that the entire spectrum of human emotion must be embraced in order to understand the wondrous whole of our reality as human beings on this planet!
Mindfulness meditation, the act of intentionally paying attention to the present moment while putting aside our snap judgments has been shown to alleviate stress, anxiety, depression, trauma and open us up to wonders, happy moments, and a sense of grace in life. But make no mistake, the longest of practitioners will tell you that they still experience the downturns, getting hooked by the inevitable frustrations of life, and anticipatory anxiety. So it’s not a cure, but it gives us something that a cure can’t.
Implied in mindfulness is the acceptance that life is full of ups and downs. This acceptance breeds a sense of warmth and compassion that could not grow if the downs were cured. As the saying goes, it takes both sunshine and rain to make a rainbow.– Elisha Goldstein, from Psych Central — (continue reading here)
For a collection of many similarly themed posts on Beyond Meds see: The foundation of healing mental ills and of becoming a mature human adult — collected posts and commentary that speak to embracing the full spectrum of our emotional inheritance as human beings. I’ve found that without acknowledging and integrating the darkest part of our psyches we cannot heal.