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God's timing is perfect. Sometimes it may seem like it isn't, but He is always on time, and I don't know why it amazes me.

Yesterday, I came across a twitter post from one of the people I follow on my @LIGHTforMI twitter account.

Mindfulness is Amazing

I questioned him about how he accomplished that, and he gave me a link about mindfulness.

Mindfulness is a very simple concept. Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally. This increases awareness, clarity and acceptance of our present-moment reality.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy Self-Help Resources

I actually had heard about this before when reading up on DBT Therapy before I got Arianna involved with a counselor who uses that in her therapy sessions. However, I had forgotten about it until I read about it again.

Fast forward to today. There I was at church today, minding my own business (or perhaps God's business), and the worship team starts playing a song with a video of being underwater with the sun shining through. The song is Ocean by Hillsong United. For the first few seconds I thought, "How pretty." However, I was suddenly back in Kentucky in a swimming pool being held underwater while trying to save my 17 year old son from drowning. I've had flashbacks before of rather unwelcome occurences, but never so vivid and panic-inducing. I had an overwhelming urge to run out of the room while gulping up air. However, I suddenly remembered reading about mindfullness yesterday. While my brain was telling me that I was drowning and suffocating, I closed my eyes and started to purposely think about where I was, and what was happening. Mind you, I had to really concentrate on the words of the song, and notice myself sitting in the chair and tell myself there was no water, and I could breathe.

After the service, I realized what a blessing that was. I didn't realize that I would need to be mindful today, but God did. and that is all that matters.

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Arianna
Arianna LIGHT for MI

Arianna is a proud authoress, artist, and musician, but the most important thing about her is; she seeks the hidden face of God with a passion. A lover of culture, art, music, and all things geeky and Celtic, her writings are often greatly impacted by these things.

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Valerie
Valerie LIGHT for MI

Valerie is the wife of a remarkable man, and the mother of three children, with two of whom having various degrees of mental illness. Valerie is no stranger to mental illness herself as a sufferer of depression on and off for years.

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