Mindful Check-in

Doing mindful check-ins can help you refocus your attention to the cause of your financial turmoil instead of being in reactive mode.

These simple steps can help:

Become aware of your thoughts and bodily sensations

  • Are your thoughts factual or a story?
  • Are they causing panic or stability?
  • How does your body feel?
  • Is it tense or relaxed?

Then use a method to stabilize the body and mind:

Stop – become aware of the body and stay with what’s rising without judgment.

  • Stopping allows you to become fully aware and begin to connect your body and mind. This reestablishes awareness and diminishes mental activity. However, if the mind is too scattered, you may need to use a more tangible approach – either of the two below will work, depending on your state of mind. 

Breath – take a deep breath

  • Breathing deeply will relax your body and help you regain consciousness; thereby, enabling you to make a wiser decision.

Recite – repeat a simple phrase

  • Reciting a simple phrase removes the train of thoughts and concentrates the mind.

Once you have become stable, reflect and decide if action is needed.

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References

Hanh, T. N. (2006). Understanding our mind. Berkeley, CA: Parallax Press.

Yen, S. (1987). Faith in mind. Elmhurst, NY: Dharma Drum Publications.

Yen, S. (2008). The method of no-method. Boston, MA: Shambhala Publications, Inc.

The Sixth’s Patriarch’s Dharma Jewel Platform Sutra (Sure, H., Liang, Y., Huang, A., Shih, Y., 

Lew, M., & Verhoeven, M.J. Trans.; 4th ed.). (2014). Buddhist Text Translation Society.