Mindfulness


Meditation & Mindfulness

MINDFULNESS is about developing self-awareness and resilience to cope with the stresses and strains of everyday life, giving you the tools to remain calmer and make better choices. You learn new ways of dealing with stress, emotions, pain or illness or simply to bring greater well-being and happiness to your life!

 

Mindfulness is a powerful practice of the mind and body where we shift our attention from thinking about things to direct awareness of our experience.

The practice of Mindfulness can help develop skills in:

  • Being Present
  • Reconnecting to ourselves and the moment
  • Kindness and openness
  • Focused attention
  • Resilience, calm and steadiness
  • Stepping back (being objective in challenging situations)
  • Ability to be embodied, to calm the mind and nervous system by using focused attention on the breath and body

Knowing how to shift from being caught-up in thinking and worrying into clearly noticing our thoughts and experience helps us to see how thinking and behaviour can be automatic and not give us the outcomes we wanted. This uncluttered perspective helps us develop a wiser and less reactive relationship to what’s happening both in us and around us and can enable us to make better choices in which thoughts we choose to follow and act on.

This approach which has roots in Buddhist teachings and has been adapted by Jon Kabat Zinn* for a Western audience.

Mindfulness and meditation have proven to have wide application clinically in mental health and pain relief, but also have benefits for all of us in teaching us how to be present in each moment of our lives so as not to cheat ourselves of the present by being caught up in thoughts about our past or future. In accepting and allowing we find a place where life becomes calmer, clearer and where we are more able to cope with difficulties by developing our ability to watch events and our response to them unfold.
‘When we begin an accepting presence to our observations we begin the process of befriending ourselves’  – Donna Farhi

*The founder of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and author of “Full Catastrophe Living”.
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