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A blog about mindfulness, stress-reduction, psychotherapy and mental health.

You Can Always Begin Again

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. Updated: Jul 1st 2013

woman smilingWe all have changes we intend to make in life. We make plans to do more exercise, a healthier diet, meditation, save money, or go on romantic dates with our partners. Inevitably for many of us these often get derailed. When people ask me what the most effective way is for staying on track with your intentions, my answer is simple. 

The answer is summed up in a little passage in one of my favorite little books Mindfulness Meditations for the Anxious Traveler:

“When we stray from our intentions, whether bringing mindfulness to experience or trying to be more forgiving and compassionate with ourselves, thoughts of failure can rain down: “Great, I’m back at square one.” 

The beauty of mindfulness is that it teaches us that no matter what the problem is, it can be worked with. 

We can always begin again!

Let this knowledge support you in the moments of your day.”

When we fall off the wagon our mind starts to kick in with a parade of self-judgment, helplessness and hopelessness about ever succeeding with our intentions. 

This is not only mentally and physically draining, but brings us further and further away from getting back on track. 

The fact is, no matter how far we’ve strayed, the moment we know we have is a moment we are here, sitting in a “choice point” to begin again. 

As one of my favorite poets Kabir says, “Wherever you are, that’s the entry point.” 

So no matter what you’re trying to change in life, every time you stray whether it’s because you got sick, injured, depressed or just strayed for a reason you’re not aware of, you can always begin again. 

It’s important to also investigate what brought us off track so we can learn from it and see it sooner the next time. 

Take these words into whatever your intentions for change are.

You can always begin again. 

Warmly,

Elisha Goldstein, PhD

 
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles and is author of the upcoming book The Now Effect, co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of the Mindful Solutions audio series, and the Mindfulness at Work™ program currently being adopted in multiple multinational corporations.

Check out Dr. Goldstein's acclaimed CD's on Mindful Solutions for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression, Mindful Solutions for Addiction and RelapsePrevention, and Mindful Solutions for Success and Stress Reduction at Work. -- "They are so relevant, I have marked them as one of my favorites on a handout I give to all new clients" ~ Psychiatrist.

If you're wanting to integrate more mindfulness into your daily life, sign up for his Mindful Living Twitter Feed. Dr. Goldstein is also available for private psychotherapy.

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