A Simple Method for Mindfulness When Things Get Tough

Let it R.A.I.N.

Mike Sturm
Sep 8, 2017 · 3 min read

I think we can all agree that mindfulness is beneficial. Being mindful helps you listen better, eat less, prevent aches and pains, and numerous other benefits.

Being mindful tends to be easy when you’re feeling good. When you’re productive, crushing it, or relaxed and confident, mindfulness tends to come easy. The challenge is being mindful when you’re uncomfortable, anxious, angry, bored, or any other emotions that we usually perceive as negative.

Not long ago, I stumbled across a very simple and easy to remember method for staying mindful — especially when things take a decidedly negative turn. It’s as simple as R.A.I.N.

You may have heard about it before — it’s been around for a while. But below is my take on it — how I try to apply it. It works for me. My hope is that it works for you as well.

Recognize

Accept

  • Accept that you’re having this thought or feeling. It’s there, in your mind, taking up some of your attention.

Investigate

  • Ask a few questions of yourself: why do you feel this way or have this thought? Can you trace it back to something you experienced? Has this been lingering?

Non-identify

  • This thought, this feeling is not you. You are more than what you think and feel for any span of time. You’re a place where those things congregate.

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