Being Open to Mindfulness

Being Open to Mindfulness

Two weeks ago I started an eight week long study group at UCLA in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).  I was selected to be a member of the study since I meet specific requirements, mostly that I suffer from IBS. 

In the past, I’ve “dabbled” in mindfulness meditation, but I never really dove in fully.  The leader of the group was honest about the outcomes, claiming that you have to bring an open mind into the room, and it’s not guaranteed that symptoms will subside, but certainly a level of calm will be achieved. 

Everyday for the last week, I have been completing a 30 minute “body scan” mindfulness meditation routine, and let me tell you, it is TOUGH.  But as my leader says, “you don’t have to like it, you just have to DO IT.” 

In this very crazy world, it’s important that we take time for our ourselves, to decompress, unwind, and calm the mind.  After just one week of daily practice, I can already feel a higher level of clarity and lower anxiety than how I usually feel, and I’m excited to integrate this practice into my everyday life. 

Wednesday’s Workout:
Recovery:Practice

A) 3 RFQT
1k Row
–2min rest between rounds–

B) QAMRAP 12 @ ≤7 RPE
300m Run
12 Strict ring dips
12 Squat cleans (40%)
–SOMSAVS Scoring–

And Coming Thursday:
Competition

“DT”
5 RFT
12 Deadlifts (155/105)
9 Hang power cleans
6 Power jerks

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