Mindfulness is called a practice for a reason -you have to practice it! It takes lifelong practice and dedication to hone the skill and become adept at it. Sometimes it takes more than that. Sometimes it requires help.
Getting support from other people for all of our paths in life is a crucial aspect of being human and of self-improvement. There’s nothing wrong with seeking help, and it’s always a good thing to meet new people interested in the same things you are.
Practicing mindfulness doesn’t need to be a solitary endeavor. You don’t have to go it alone, particularly if you’re having trouble. Instead of pushing through and trying to figure it out all on your own, seek help from others who’ve been there. You can get support from many places, from coaches and teachers to books to support groups.
Many private coaches help their students with mindfulness practices. There are also teachers who hold classes and seminars to help students master these practices. Neither of these options is free, of course, but they are available if you can afford them and are interested.
A free, do-it-yourself support option is to read books on mindfulness practices. Dozens of books have been written on the subject, and most are available at your local library for free. You can also buy them from bookstores or on the internet.
Finally, you should consider seeking out the support and companionship of others who are on the same journey. Many people are working to master mindfulness right now and many of them are having just as much if not more trouble than you are.
These people come from all walks of life and every country in the world and have much to offer you. You probably have much to offer them as well. Support groups for mindfulness practitioners exist both online and off. You can find some in your local area if you’re inclined to look.
Even more are available online. Some of these are synchronous (real-time meetings) via Zoom or another communication platform. Others are asynchronous forums on Facebook or other websites.
Support groups are frequently either free or have only a nominal cost to cover the equipment or room rental. They’re a great way to get to know other people on their own mindfulness journey and find new ways of doing things that might just help you get over your trouble spots.
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