4 important things about mindfulness your didn’t realize | Drake Baer

In his article on mindfulness, Baer compares the concept of emotional agility to the experience of “bullet time” as portrayed in movies like the Matrix. It’s a great analogy, especially for those of us who’ve always wished we had a superpower. But it also highlights one of the main benefits of mindfulness practice — developing the ability to slow down enough to consciously choose how we react to our own thoughts and emotions even as they are constantly flying through our minds.

When you recognize a pattern of thought without being driven around by it or repressing it, you’re acting with emotional agility, kind of like how Neo acted in the first Matrix movie—only instead of dancing around bullets, you’re moving with your resentment toward all things Taylor Swift and Aggravating Steve. The actual practice of emotional agility is something psychologists call ACT, or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. It comes in four steps:

  1. You recognize your patterns…
  2. Label the thought or emotion…
  3. Accept the things that are happening in your mind…
  4. Act on your values…


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4 important things about mindfulness your didn’t realize | Drake Baer

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