Author: Donna Pierce

Mindful Monday: Mindfulness and Anxiety

Mindful Monday: Mindfulness and Anxiety

Challenge, Grief, mind, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Since my mother's death last spring, I've been grieving. Not a rare occurrence, of course. However, I never knew that anxiety is a common symptom of grief until I was deluged with it. For a few months, I was afraid of almost everything and lived in an adrenaline rush of fear night and day, anticipating danger and death to jump out from every corner to take me or one of my beloved family members away. It was physically and mentally excruciating. Medication and therapy got me out of the worst of it. As a relatively new meditator, though, I wasn't able to bring much mindfulness to bear on the situation. Months later, life is a little more normal, and now I'm able to add meditation and mindfulness strategies to the mix. I've found that relatively little is written specifically about mindfulne...
Mindful Monday: thisherenow

Mindful Monday: thisherenow

mind, peace, Renewal, spiritual practice, Spirituality
I became interested in mindfulness about 25 years ago and have read countless books, both Buddhist and secular, on the subject, trying to learn how to ease mental pain and unhappiness. Most of the books were quite good, yet I continued to suffer psychologically. I kept thinking that surely the next book would be The One that would contain the perfect quote or secret that would suddenly heal the suffering and dissatisfaction I had with life. Unsurprisingly, I’ve never found that book. You’d think that I would’ve realized a little sooner that (1) reading about mindfulness does not create mindfulness, and (2) each of those books plainly offered the very “secret” I kept looking for: if you want to get out of your mental prison, spend more time practicing being mindful than you do reading cool

Mindfulness, Mercy, and Remembering (An Advent Reflection)

Advent, contemplation, Lectionary, Scripture, spirit, Spirituality
“My soul glorifies the Lord 47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49     for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. 50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. 51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. 52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful 55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.” (Luke 1:46b-55) In reading the M