In session two we introduce Val to a mindfulness exercise exploring the breath and sounds. Listen to part 1 of the interview below:
Following a discussion of the mindfulness exercise and experiences of the home practice (bringing awareness to daily activities and mindfulness of breath) we consider the range of what we can notice in each moment. Greater awareness allows us to engage at a deeper level with positive experiences. However, we may also become more aware of unpleasant experiences. We may start to notice how we react to these experiences (both positive and negative), which opens up the possibility of responding differently rather than reacting in a habitual way. Listen to part 2 of the interview below:
The very idea of getting to know or turning towards unpleasant moments may be alien to us. However, the more we get to know experiences that we consider to be unpleasant, the more we can start to understand and tease out what our raw experience is and how we might be entering into cycles of reactivity that generate or maintain suffering.
Continue with mindfulness of everyday activities, either continuing with the same activity as last week or picking something new to experience.
Mindfulness of sounds. Notice any reactions you may have to particular sounds, then see if you can return to the raw sensations of the sounds themselves. See if you can have a go at this each day, whether using the guidance or having a go by yourself.