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Mindlessness to Mindfulness: 3 Things We Need to Remember This Holiday Season

Sang H. Kim, author of the book titled “Mindful Movement: Mastering Your Hidden Energy” stated, “The ultimate experience of being mindful occurs when we forget about everything, even the mindful self and doing. In that mode we are full of energy, utterly self-generated.” 

Have you ever heard of the phrase, “running on auto-pilot”? Perhaps you can recall a number of times when you’ve experienced this. An easy example is driving to a certain location and not being able to recall the houses or stores that you’ve passed – why does this occur? Research has shown that as humans, our brains tend to find the easiest and most efficient way to do things so that our energy is not expended on simple tasks. Driving often becomes “automated”, which is why you may find it difficult to recall details of your driving trip. While some instances -such as with driving – aren’t always harmful being on autopilot, there are many instances when this is less than ideal.

Mindlessness” is a term used to describe living based on old rules, norms, behaviors, attitudes, etc. without question. People who live mindlessly rarely find themselves growing and changing – in fact, they stay the same throughout the years, and most of the time, they are the most miserable because they are unable to adapt to ever-changing circumstances. This holiday season, you may feel like sticking to your “old ways” – after all, it’s what your mind and body have become accustom to, and the human race doesn’t generally “enjoy” change. However, we dare you to consider living mindfully; you can do this in 3 ways:

  • Recognize the impact that you have on your loved ones this holiday season. What you say, how you act, and how you respond can influence their way of thinking and behaving.
  • Acknowledge the opportunity that you have to be surrounded by loved ones or fellow peers who are also recovering – this is a beautiful experience that should not be taken for granted.
  • Consider how your actions may affect you. Remember the consequences of abusing substances, eating too much, and other unhealthy habits of behavior that could hinder your recovery.

Everyone’s story begins before treatment. Through intensive, individualized trauma care, everyone’s story can change. At The Guest House Ocala, you’re welcomed with open arms, no matter your story. We’re here to help you find healing. For information on our concierge level of customization and programs for the recovery from trauma, addictions, and related mental health issues, call us today: 855-483-7800