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Embracing Resistance with Mindfulness

Lately, as I am moving into new endeavors, resistance is showing up. For me, pushing through has never worked. Instead, it has just left me feeling abused. For this reason, I was so grateful to come across a wonderful mindfulness practice that helps soften resistance. The practice was published online in the Yoga Journal by Sally Kempton. A basic rephrase of this meditation practice, which is similar to a cognitive behavioral therapy exercise, is listed below.

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  1. Start in a seated position that is both comfortable and alert with your spine lengthened and relaxed.

  2. Think of something you are feeling resistant to, and while thinking of that thing, notice where and how the resistance shows up in your body, thoughts, and feelings.

  3. Ask the question of this resistance, “Why are you here? What do you want to tell me?” Listen without judgment if possible, to the response. You might even have a journal with you and jot down the response.

  4. Continue this process of asking and listening until you feel that the conversation is complete–you understand this resistance and why it has shown up.

  5. Then, ask the resistance if it is willing to let go.

  6. Finally, imagine what that would be like. Again notice how you feel in your body and feelings and the associated thoughts. You may also record this process in your journal noting what happens.

 

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Bobbi Rudin, a mind body spirit healthcare writer and instructor, shared this blog.