Welcome to the archived web site of
Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. Psychologist (1950-2013)
California License No. PSY 10092
 
Specializing in Presence-Centered Therapy
balancing mind and heart, body and spirit

Now in memoriam - This website is no longer being updated
While Dr. Friedman is no longer with us, there are still many helpful resources on his site. Articles and resource links have been relocated to the top. His family hopes you might find them helpful. But since this site is no longer being updated, some links may no longer work.

 


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From His Book | Meditations For Life | The Flow of Money, Business and Innovation | Transpersonal/Mind-Body | Approaches, Worldview and Will-isms

Skills For Life: The Core Playing Field | Free the Ego, and You Are Free | Feeling, Thought, Communication & Action

Strategies/Distinctions For Life: The Core Playing Field | Free the Ego, and You Are Free

Awakening Stories/Metaphors For Life: The Core Playing Field | Free the Ego, and You Are Free | The Way It Is

Holiday Family Gatherings | Cartoons, Jokes and Humor | Poems and Quotes | Song Lyrics, Wit and Wisdom

Meditations For Life

Presence / Mindfulness 3

Mindfulness of Emotions—Mindfulness of Thoughts and Images

Adapted by Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D.


Mindfulness of Emotions

Keeping our attention on the natural process of breathing, without trying to change it, control it, make it into a goal or an agenda in any way, allows it to simply be what it is. Simply allow, permit and yield to an awareness of your body, specifically how you cognitively hold the various sensations and the felt sense in your body. Let your awareness expand to include any emotions as they arise and are felt in this moment, and now in this moment, one moment after moment after moment. Relaxing through it all.

You can bring your attention to emotions as they arise in your consciousness, their qualities, clearly recognizing, acknowledging and accepting each emotion just as it is. Often there is more than one emotion present at any given instant and that's fine too. Notice each without any judgment or evaluation, selecting one or another over the rest, any resistance or defense for whatever is present in this moment, just for this moment. You can bring an attitude of welcoming, receptivity, openness and even curiosity to each emotional state for the mystery and messages they offer. Let peace, serenity and equanimity be in your awareness of each. Without either clinging or pushing away, let each move through you, accurately delivering their messages to you as they are felt and expressed all the way through you, and naturally released and surrendered to make room for the next one, and so on…a natural, non-reactive being with "what is" emotionally.

Mindfulness of Thoughts and Images

Thoughts, ideas, beliefs and images come and go, arise and diminish, appear and disappear much of the time. Be aware of these occurring right here, now, this. Without chasing or pursuing them, being pulled into making any of them into a story or strengthening a belief, just notice each and release, a mental "catch-and-release" approach. Notice how many are repetitive or familiar. Notice any need to interpret or judge or compare or evaluate them. As you attend without any energy or resistance, only simple wonder and awareness, there may be fewer and fewer of them…leaving only a spaciousness, stillness and luscious silence to bath in and enjoy. Let any remaining thoughts, images or memories come and go, arise and diminish, appear and disappear.


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© Copyright 2013 by Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D.
 
 


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