About Meaning and Mindfulness

 

In his book: Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl talks about his form of therapy as Logotherapy. The word ‘Logos’ is Greek and denotes “meaning”. Logotherapy focuses on the meaning of human existence as well as man’s search for such meaning. According to Logotherapy “…this striving to find a meaning in one’s life is the primary motivational force in man.” Man’s Search for Meaning 2008 page 104.

Related article:

Defining Mindfulness – Quoted from page 9 of ‘Mindfulness For Dummies’ by Shamash Alidina, Joelle Jane Marshall, April 2013.

“Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, who first developed mindfulness in a therapeutic setting, says: ‘Mindfulness can be cultivated by paying attention in a specific way, that is, in the present moment, and as non-reactively, non-judgementally and openheartedly as possible’.

You can break down the meaning even further:

1. Paying attention. To be mindful, you need to pay attention, whatever you choose to attend to.

2. Present moment. The reality of being in the here and now means you just need to be aware of the way things are, as they are now…

3. Non-reactively. Normally, when you experience something, you automatically react to that experience according to your past conditioning. For example, if you think, ‘I still haven’t finished my work’, you react with thoughts, words and actions in some shape or form. Mindfulness encourages you to respond to your experience rather than react to thoughts… (Chapter 12 of Mindfulness for Dummies delves deeper into mind- ful responses.)

4. Non-judgementally. The temptation is to judge experience as good or bad, something you like or dislike. I want to feel bliss; I don’t like feeling afraid. Letting go of judgements helps you to see things as they are rather than through the filter of your personal judgements based on past conditioning.

5. Openheartedly. Mindfulness isn’t just an aspect of mind. Mindfulness is of the heart as well. To be open-hearted is to bring a quality of kindness, compassion, warmth and friendliness to your experience… For more on attitudes to cultivate for mindfulness, see Chapter 4 of Mindfulness for Dummies.”

We Were Never Born by Dosnoventa:

With the support of Lacoste Live.

“I have lots of things to teach you now, in case we ever meet, concerning the message that was transmitted to me under a pine tree on a cold winter day. It said that Nothing Ever Happened, so don’t worry. It’s all like a dream. Everything is ecstasy, inside. We just don’t know it because of our thinking-minds. But in our true blissful essence of mind is known that everything is alright forever and forever and forever.”

Join me for Mindfulness training, workshops, soft skills training, as well as Stress Reduction and Wellness workshops. Contact me on email: aruraza@gmail.com for a quotation.

Consultancy fees in South African Rand are as follows:

Corporate NGO’s
R3 500 per day or R450 per hour R1 900 per day or R260 per hour
Training Manuals are extra and will be quoted per project and number of delegates
Personal Coaching: R300 per hour or R350 monthly for X2 sessions per month of 1 hour each Mindfulness Meditation 1 hour – should you wish to learn more longer sessions can be arranged, or scheduled for further days – R250 per hour Stress Reduction Half or Full Day – Half Day: R1 800 – Full Day – R3 500
By appointment.

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