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Gaining Time: Developing a Mindfulness Practice (015)

What's the opposite of losing time? Does time really go faster as you get older, or are you simply allowing it to rush away from you?

Published August 12, 2017

Where anxiety is "What if…?" and depression is "If only…" it takes mindfulness to help pull us back into present time and reality. We can become more firmly anchored in the Here & Now, in our surroundings and in the reality of our current circumstances, rather than replaying the past or dreading the future.

This episode is for anyone who is not firmly anchored in the present, who watches time go by too quickly, who is uncomfortable in their body, and needs to get reacquainted with true present-tense reality.

Trigger warning: Definitely don't listen to this episode while driving. Once you are good at being mindful, you can do it whenever you'd like to — so long as you keep your open eyes on the road and two hands on the wheel.

Content modification: There are a good number of body-based mindfulness suggestions, you can do them while 3 inches to the left — you do not have to be in your body to work with your body. You can be alongside your body, controlling it and being tapped into its sensory equipment without being fully in it. How do these exercises feel without being fully in your body? How does the "remote control" work for you while you're just outside of your body? How are your "long range sensors" working? How does paying attention to your body work when you're not in your body?

Content note: Towards the end Aliessa talks about mindful eating, Tantra (as in Tantra Yoga or Tantric eating and philosophies), and other Asian spiritual practices, the spiritual idea of being incarnated being in itself sacred. The overall idea is that you can also make mindfulness a spiritual practice aside from physical or temporal (time).

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