spirit, mind, matter

"It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end." – Ursula K. Le Guin

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Wheel of Awareness with Dr. Dan Siegel

I came across an article on Psychology Today  (under the Neuroscience section) called Mindfulness as Integration by Dr. Dan Siegel. In the article, Dr. Siegel discusses the Wheel of Awareness that can be used to help mindfulness practice.  Please read the article.


Dr. Seigel has a few resources online that talk about the Wheel of Awareness.



I haven’t experimented with his method, but I am excited to try. Have you heard of this? Please share your experience!



Complaining Mind

I read an interesting article at Psychology Today Online called Don’t Give Away Your Power: The Hidden Cost of Complaining. I encourage you to click the link to read the full article.  I won’t repost it here, but I will share some of the points that stuck out to me and how they relate to mindfulness.

From the Article:

  •  I’d complain, and by complaining define myself as a victim, giving away my power to other people in my life. Chronic complaining only confirmed my sense of learned helplessness.
  • The opposite of learned helplessness is hope, recognizing our personal power. Hopeful people ask “What can I do?” There’s a whole literature on hope theory, showing that people with high hope are happier, healthier, and more successful (Snyder, 1994)
  • Hope means setting a goal—asking, “How would I like it to be?”…“What can I do to get there?”; and actively building agency or motivation—taking better care of ourselves, using positive self talk, and surrounding ourselves with positive, supportive people (Feldman & Dreher, 2011).
  •  You cannot change the past but you can act strategically, determine what you can do, then focus on those areas of your life where you can make a difference.

This article stuck out to be because I see chronic complaining in, not only myself, but in many interactions I have with others.  Think about it, there is complaining about traffic, waiting in lines, and complaining about work or school. So much complaining, and thus, so much time spent thinking about ourselves as a victim.

What if we stopped complaining?

What if, just for today, when we heard complaining thoughts enter our head, we said, “I see you, complaining mind, and I’m choosing not to believe you and the content of what you are saying.”  Then, if we wanted to move deeper, we can ask ourselves what we can do to change the situation or our reaction to the situation.

Let’s try that, just for today. You don’t have to sign a contract!

Stop complaining and enjoy life

Today’s Opportunity for Mindfulness: Watch for Complaining Mind. When you notice it, call it out, and make a choice to foster hopeful thoughts.  Reclaim your power and let go of complaining.