Mastering the art of mindfulness is learning to be fully present in your daily life.
We live in a chaotic world. Our lives are full of busyness and noise – and the truth is, our full-on lifestyles are having a negative impact on our happiness and inner-peace.
There has never been a better time to learn the art of mindfulness. To slow down and let ourselves relax. However it is something so many of us find it hard to do.
What is Mindfulness?
We are so often lost in thought that we have no idea of what is going on in the moment. Where is your attention right now?
We rarely focus on what we are doing, rather our mind is engaged in thought about one thing and our body is doing something else.
One of the biggest benefits of mindfulness training is the ability to recognise that out mind is far away from the present moment.
The easiest way to be present in this moment is to use all of our senses and focus on what is around us. Concentrate on what you are seeing in this moment, what can you hear, touch right now taste or smell. What thoughts are present in your mind and what is going on in your environment; this allows us to be in the moment.
We are rarely in direct experience of the moment, because we are always judging our experience as good and bad, We like, this and we don’t like that. With mindfulness we cultivate an attitude of acceptance and equanimity to whatever shows up in every moment.
History of Mindfulness
The concept and practice of Mindfulness was originally a Buddhist idea. It was adopted by western psychologists.
Today it is a world-wide phenomenon.
Mindfulness is helping people of all races, religions and backgrounds to gain inner peace and a happier life.
Mindfulness means living in the moment and being aware of every possibility that life has to offer. It allows us to ‘wake up and smell the roses’ that is seeing things as they are. It helps us to separate the story we have in our head and recognise and be truly present to what is here and now Mindfulness is awakening yourself to all of your life. How many times have you missed out on joy and happiness because you were lost in worry about a past event or a future event that had not yet happened.
Mindfulness has been proven by scientists to help those who are having both emotional and physical problems. This is a fact, proven in very many studies.
Many doctors and psychologists now recommend Mindfulness training for their patients.
Helen at Mind Body Energy Matters is qualified in Mindfulness training. Here is her personal experience with Mindfulness.
“I came to mindfulness through my work in a Psychiatric Hospital. Research showed that the practice of Mindfulness can help prevent patients who suffered from depression from relapsing. I studied the works of John Kabat Zinns. I used some of the techniques from these works and began to practice mindfulness. This really helped me and I was less agitated and calmer. However, as I practiced it, the more I realised that I was often on autopilot and was not present in the moment. Mindfulness, over a short time, helped me to think in ways that placed me in the moment. It changed my thought patterns and I became more focused on the present.
I was so impressed, that I trained in mindfulness and gave patients courses in mindfulness where I worked. This helped people beat their depression, managing their emotional pain and even physical issues.”
I intend to be the most mindful I can be – and live in this moment.
My ambition is to help as many people as possible achieve a state of mindfulness.
How can Mindfulness Help?
Mindfulness can help you in more than just one way. Read on below to see how you can benefit from Mindfulness.
- Recognise patterns of thinking
- Fight Depression
- Improve concentration and memory
- Manage your emotions and feelings
- Reduces stress
- Fight addictions
- Anger management issues
- Increases immunity to disease and illness.
- Helps with headaches
- Helps with stress related physical conditions.
- Reduces heart rate
- Manage pain
- Better understanding of yourself and others
- Better relationships
- Increases confidence
- Improved empathy and compassion
Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). This course is a 26 hour programme delivered over 8 x 2.5 hour classes and one day long session.
This practical course includes:
- Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
- Gentle stretching and mindful movement
- Group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
- Individually tailored instructions
- Daily home assignments
Another very popular form of mindfulness training is:
Mindfulness based compassionate living course.
This form of Mindfulness training is offered as an advanced course. This course teaches us how cultivating kindness and self-compassion can help us manage painful emotions and situations in our lives.
Who can participate?
Mindfulness courses are for anyone wishing to live a more peaceful and balanced life as well as for those who are dealing with stress or illness of any kind.
Every Mindfulness is tailored to the needs of a person. The facilitator conducts an interview prior to an individual participating in the course. For people being treated for medical or psychological conditions, the Mindfulness MBSR course is a complement to, not a substitute for, the professional care of their doctor or therapist.