Pros and Cons of Mindfulness


Reasonable Mind Potential Pros:

  • Emotionally Calmer
  • Rational
  • Focus on the facts rather opinions
  • Logical
  • Plans
  • Pay attention
  • “cool”
  • Intellectuality
  • Teachable
  • Work
  • School
  • Decision Making
  • Problem solving

Reasonable Mind Potential Cons

  • Emotions can drive us into reasonable mind and into “Analysis Paralisis”, being hyper focused, obsession, analyzing too much and we fall out of action and get stuck.
  • Dosconnection
  • Supresion
  • Problems in relationships
  • Problems negotiating
  • Rigididty
  • Apathetic
  • Workaholic

Emotional Mind Potential Pros:

  • Motivates communication and action
  • Love
  • Helps us feel joy and pleasure in life
  • Gives us drive
  • Passion
  • Creativity
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Literature
  • Art
  • Compassion
  • Spontanuity
  • “Artistic Energy with beautiful distortion”

Emotional Mind Potential Cons:

  • Emotions are in control
  • Influences our thinking and behavior
  • Hot Thoughts
  • Distortions
  • Behavior matches emotional state
  • Miss the big picture; tunnel vision
  • Self-image distortion
  • Clouds our judgment in a positive or negative light
  • Overreaction or under-reaction
  • Can lead to destructive behavior
  • Making bad decisions
  • Mania is a very emotional state of being and it can be very impulsive as well, just as depression is, which causes people to make destructive decisions and then have shame/guilt after the fact.
  • Impulsiveness
  • Knee-jerk reactions
  • Short term results; long term consequences
  • Drug use/addiction
  • Permiscuity
  • Panic/anxiety
  • Emotions build on one another e.g., sadness turns to anger
  • Aggravated by illness
  • Lack of sleep
  • Chronic pain

Wise Mind is Only Positive:

  • Acceptance
  • True Forgiveness
  • Stress/sense of urgency decreases
  • Knowing what we need through our day
  • Stronger sense-of-self
  • Truth
  • Balanced
  • Integration of Rational and Emotional Mind
  • Intuition
  • Validity
  • Calm/peaceful awareness
  • Respond rather than react
  • People are equal
  • No judgment

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