There’s a quiet revolution going on, people everywhere are beginning to wake up from the daydream of their thoughts. All around eyes are blinking into the light of consciousness where millions have chosen to show up and be more present in their lives. Perhaps you are already living this way or have had a glimmer of how it feels to be truly awake to the reality of the right here and now.
I was depressed, painfully, sometimes suicidally so, for as long as I could remember. Most people wouldn’t have necessarily known this as I happen to be a fantastic actor, but that’s what it was – an act. I was a fraud. My life outwardly appeared a story of success; I found academic achievement easy, my career took off, I had a wide circle of friends and a wonderful partner, I had nothing to feel miserable about. And yet my inner world was a mess. I was wracked with anxiety, a constant feeling of dread pervaded every part of my life, it would sit on my chest and wake me in the night. I was my thoughts and my thoughts were me, my thoughts were the facts that my reality was built on. Thick, heavy and persistent thinking smothered me repeatedly until I could no longer breathe. I was addicted to the sound of my own voice rumbling around my head, the deafening echoes of my opinions, beliefs and judgements, judging other people and usually most harshly myself.
When I finally ‘got’ mindfulness it was like someone had flicked a light on; the world that had been dull now shined vividly and vibrantly in full fabulous technicolor. I was astonished that something so simple contained the power to change everything. I wrote this book so that people have to spend less time fumbling around in the dark, and as the light begins to fade (which it will) they will remember where to find the switch.
There’s a filter on our experience of this life and that filter is our thoughts, luckily it’s all an illusion. Once we know the truth of things for ourselves we really can live more freely and be genuinely happier.
Pick something you will do mindfully today.
Small and simple is usually the best way to start.
Today for instance I will mindfully make a cup of tea. I will really absorb myself in the whole process: the sounds, smells and sensations of the entire act right through to my first sip. I may choose to do this just once or use making tea as my cue to be mindful with each cup I make.
If we start with one little thing to do mindfully then over time add in other small opportunities to be mindful, soon enough we find our day becomes a dot-to-dot of these moments. Then after a while we start joining the dots to create a whole new picture of our lives.
Frances Trussell’s passion lies in making the magic of mindfulness accessible to all. Having suffered from severe depression since her teens the former broadcast journalists’ life was transformed through mindfulness. She has helped many hundreds of people find a mindfully happy way of living. In January 2017 she featured as a mindfulness coach on ITV1 prime time show Sugar Free Farm. A pioneer of Mindfulness-based RT Therapy, Frances advises on mindfulness in schools, charities, public sector employers and private businesses. She lives in Surrey, UK.
Frances Trussell shares her mindfulness teachings in her new little book You Are Not Your Thoughts. Born out of personal experience she wants to teach others that there is a way out of anxiety and depression and that is the ‘mindful way’.