Obsessive thinking, when you feel your mind spinning and not stopping, is a huge challenge in our culture of “get it done right now!” I know that when I’m off my game, I can spend just as much time worrying about getting something done as I spend doing it. One technique to stop obsessive thinking is to practice mindfulness. So much has been written about mindfulness by scholars, psychologists, and physicians who see the great benefits of calming the mind through present-moment awareness. But it cannot all be captured in words. In simple terms, mindfulness consists of paying attention to an experience from moment to moment—without drifting into thoughts of the past, concerns about the future, or getting caught up in thoughts or opinions about what’s going on. It is non-judgmental or pre-judgmental interaction with our internal and external environment. It is based upon repeated practice and real-life experience that you can activate at any time.
Mindful awareness is key in practicing the principals of Unfear. Awareness of your emotions and observation of your reactions helps arrest negative fear based behaviors and allows for higher level response leadership using the four practices of Unfear .