#15 How to use Mindfulness to Focus and Change w/Michael Chaskalson

Life is hectic. Everywhere you look, there is a battle for your attention; from your partner, kids, work, smartphone and so on. We tend not to think much about it – we just go along. Nevertheless, mindfulness is about stopping to notice where your attention wanders off to and choosing where you actually want it to go. Over and over again.

Michael Chaskalson has a master’s degree in the clinical applications of mindfulness. He has more than 40 years of experience with the discipline and has authored several books on the subject. Listen along, as we dive into mindfulness, and how you can use mindfulness to calm your life and focus on the present.

Michael will talk about

  • Why you should treat yourself with greater kindness and forgiveness.
  • The evidence of mindfulness. By example, it has proven to be a powerful tool to reduce depression – actually as effective as antidepressants, only cheaper, and with much fewer side effects.
  • Mindfulness is rooted in Buddhism and Stoicism. Let’s find out, what we can learn from the two.
  • How to get started on mindfulness

Are you too busy? Here are the key points

Mindfulness can be very helpful when we want to make a change. Here are my three key takeaways from my conversation with Michael Chaskalson:

#1 Use mindfulness to make a change in your life. When we practice mindfulness, we purposefully pay attention to the present moment in a non-judgemental way. We actively train the ability to direct our attention to what matters in the moment; the conversation with our friend or child, the beautiful scenery around us, the energy in our body or whatever it might be, so that we during the day can be present and mindful.

#2 Mindfulness is an evidence-based discipline. Psychology does not have a long history of evidence-based practice. Quite the opposite in fact. By example, mindfulness in the form of MBSR or MBCT has proven to be a powerful means to reducing re-lapsing depression. In peer reviewed articles the benefits are here for all to see. 10-15 minutes of mindfulness every day. Like going to the gym; the practice must be daily but then it is real.

#3 How do you know if it works? Look for kindness towards yourself and others. Mindfulness is about being present in a non-judgemental way. Hence, in a way, that is kinder and more forgiving to yourself. So, how do you know if it works? If it affects the kindness you show for yourself or others, it works.

Curious for more? Here are the links I promised

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