Ruminating about Rumination

February 10th, 2021 by Kat Kingsley-Hughes

What’s the difference between reflecting on past events and ruminating? I don’t know how many mindfulness teachers and supervisors I have asked about this and not yet had a useful answer. Today this feels a little frustrating.

I understand rumination is unhealthy but I am often asked to reflect. Sometimes I am told rumination is normal and the goal is to accept my mind does it. Sometimes people confuse the two terms so their answers make zero sense.

Perhaps it is something each individual brain must discover? In which case how do we know it is unhealthy?

In my practice I got to the point where I thought all reflection was rumination, so I avoided doing any. Trust me that was not a solution to anything!

There is more to mindfulness than simply coming back to the breath. There is more to life than simply coming back to the breath!!

I might be the ‘teacher’ but I am also still the student, learning and asking questions and still trying to figure this out as I go.

Any and all answers gratefully accepted 🙏

Failing that pictures of pets 😉

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