Mindfulness involves consciously bringing awareness to your here-and-now experience with openness, interest, and receptiveness.
Mindfulness is about waking up, connecting with ourselves, and appreciating the fullness of each moment of life. It is recognised as an effective way to reduce stress, increase self-awareness, enhance emotional intelligence, and effectively handle painful thoughts and feelings.
What Mindfulness may mean for YOU
We all have the internal, innate resources to learn, grow and heal – provided we are mindful, to capture those moments that are usually lost in mindlessness.
It is a way of taking charge of your life.
It can help restore balance and stability by working systematically with stress, pain, illness, and the demands of everyday.
When you pay attention to the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing and yoga, you become more aware of your thoughts and feelings, and are better able to respond more effectively to them.
Practising mindfulness can give you better insight into your emotions, boost your attention and concentration and improve your relationships.
It has been clinically proven to help with stress, anxiety, depression and addictive behaviours, and can have a positive effect on physical problems like hypertension, heart disease and chronic pain.
Mindfulness has been demonstrated to effectively help to live with less stress, fear, and anxiety and to cultivate more ease, connection, and well-being.
A Little about Stress
We are such a stressed society that many of us are stressed about how stressed we are! While short bursts of pressure can help us rise to meet a challenge, long-term stress can have a major impact on our physical and mental health.
Stress (job, family or financial) is the feeling of being under pressure with symptoms including anger and anxiety, fatigue, headaches, difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, breathlessness and chest pains.
People who are under prolonged stress are at a greater risk of health problems like high blood pressure and heart attacks. As well as impacting on people’s health and wellbeing stress can also damage social lives and relationships.
Stress and pain are unavoidable in our daily lives; they are part of the human condition. The key to maintaining balance is responding to stress not with frustration and self-criticism, but with mindful, nonjudgmental awareness of our bodies and minds. Impossible? Actually, it’s easier than we think.
Practicing mindfulness helps you:
- to be fully present, here and now in each moment
- to experience unpleasant thoughts and feelings safely
- to become aware of what you’re avoiding
- to become more connected to yourself, to others and to the world around you
- to increase self-awareness
- to become less disturbed by and less reactive to unpleasant experiences
- to learn the distinction between you and your thoughts
- to have more direct contact with the world, rather than living through your thoughts
- to learn that everything changes; that thoughts and feelings come and go like the weather
- to have more balance, less emotional volatility
- to experience more calm and peacefulness
- to develop self-acceptance and self-compassion
“Paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” Jon Kabat-Zinn