Every time I feel bad, I “try” to become aware of the feeling (or rather, my True Will is to become aware of it). If I succeed, I feel good about myself: about succeeding, about my awareness, about having caught myself feeling bad. “O what a good catcher I am!”
Becoming aware of a bad feeling as I’m feeling it is a victory for my consciousness and evidence that my mindfulness practice works. When I become aware that I’m feeling bad, I automatically feel a little pride, a little good, too, because I take pride in my mind. “O what a mindful spirit I am!”
Thus, every feeling that arises in my body initiates a little game. The goal of the game is to become consciously aware of the feeling. If I do, I win the game, earn the right to be proud of myself, and get the chance to practice my mindfulness skills by staying present with my experience:
- “I feel stressed.”—Ha! I’ve caught myself; now I can non-judgmentally observe my restlessness.
- “I feel tired and exhausted.”—Ha! I’ve caught myself; now I can non-judgmentally observe my fatigue.
- “I feel sad and unmotivated.”—Ha! I’ve caught myself; now I can non-judgmentally observe my lethargy.
- “I feel worried.”—Ha! I’ve caught myself; now I can non-judgmentally observe my anxiety.
- “I feel irritated.”—Ha! I’ve caught myself; now I can non-judgmentally observe my anger.
Of course, a simple realization does not make the feeling go away. But it detaches me a bit from it, makes me a little proud, and gives me a chance to be grateful for being granted this facet of the human experience. Whether its color is bright or gloomy: it’s still a color—an experience bespeaking the richness of life.
This is how I practice mindfulness throughout the day by placing awareness on and thus over feelings. True pride and gratefulness are what makes mindfulness intrinsically rewarding, at least at the stage where I’m at. Additionally, it boosts my willpower and motivation to do what I truly want to do by disarming bad feelings that would otherwise hold me back.
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