Mindfulness is to be in the present, today, the here and now. However, in a busy world that we live in, we are finding less and less time to actually be in the present moment. We may be physically sitting at our desks at work, but our minds are far from paying attention to our work with all the “to do” lists, worries about our loved ones, and keeping a busy scheduled organized, we may not be able to focus. By practicing mindfulness, we are able to find peace and clarity in our lives. In that many of our worries we don’t even have control over. So that’s a lot of time and energy wasted on such matters that we can’t even changes. I bet we have a lot of items on our “to do” lists that we could delegate to someone else. I know, we want to feel important, to feel needed, but at what cost? Our physical, mental, and spiritual health? We feel we may be accomplishing things when we can “check” them off on our list; however many of us tackle the easy tasks and continue to avoid the big issues that are staring back at us. We are our own worst enemy. By avoiding the real issue, we become angry at ourselves and think that we are flawed. However, we live with others as we wear many hats such as parents, spouse, partner, employee, neighbor, parishioner, etc. except that we try to get things done ourselves. We don’t live on an island by ourselves and talk to a soccer ball named “Wilson” as in the character portrayed by Tom Hanks in the Movie, “Castaway”, we live with others. We all have our own gifts to share. I go to a dentist to fix my teeth and go to a mechanic to fix my car because I don’t know how to perform their specialized tasks. However, when it comes to depression or anxiety, we think we are supposed to “buck up” and get this problem figured out on our own. Just think if you replaced the word, depression or anxiety with the word, diabetes how would you treat yourself then? Unless you are an endocrinologist that specializes in diabetes, you would most likely make an appointment with an endocrinologist medical doctor.
Here are Catholic Charities North Dakota’s Counseling Department, we can help you prioritize your life in order to practice self-care. Simplifying our lives to focus on the real tasks at hand is what we can do for you. By practicing mindfulness with you, we can complete an assessment of your current life as we gather family history, relationships, financial, abuse, education, and spiritual beliefs just to name a few. We are trained to “see the big picture” without being emotionally involved which can be invaluable when helping our clients gain a fresh new perspective on our approach in life. So ask yourself if you are currently living your true authentic life. If not, what or shall I say, WHO is preventing you from living this authentic life? Let us help you live the life you were meant to be. Call us to schedule your assessment at 1-800-450-4457