In preparation for the SXSW 2018 session “The Here & Wow! Contemplative Healthcare Practice,” Carrie Barron, director of the Creativity for Resilience program at Dell Med, authored the following post.
“We can feed this mind of ours in a wise passiveness.” —William Wordsworth, Expostulation and Reply
Practicing the “quiet mind” through contemplation, reflection and mindfulness is an effective way for care seekers and caregivers — as well as everyone else — to gain perspective and enhance wellness.
In a fast-paced and full day with many distractions, checking out to check in helps. There are many different paths to that gathered place, from a traditional meditative practice to creating a painting to walking in the woods. For health and wellness in a chaotic climate, consider your options and find a method that works for you.
Contemplation is defined as looking at something thoughtfully for a long time.
Reflection involves serious thought and consideration.
Mindfulness is the state of being conscious or aware.
All of these practices involve distancing yourself from your thoughts to change your relationship to them. The point is to gain perspective so that you feel less fraught and can come to terms with inner and outer conflicts. In the quiet mind, insights, new directions and a capacity to cope can arise. Even if your instinct is to do more, it is sometimes better to do less and be still.