Mindfulness refers to 'kind accepting awareness'.
It is about living fully in the present moment. This means paying deliberate attention to what you are doing, as you do it, without judging or trying to change the experience.
Mindfulness can really improve the quality of our life and transform the way you think and feel about your experience of day to day living. It cultivates a whole approach to life and living rather than just a momentary meditation technique.
Suffering and distress are largely due to the tendency to cling rigidly to what we view as pleasant, and trying to reject what we see as unpleasant. This can make it difficult to stay in contact with present reality.
The tendency of trying to ‘fix’ things and avoiding emotional distress is common to all of us, and we persist in trying to resolve stressful situations by repeating habitual patterns. This increases the feelings of stress, fear, anxiety and depression.
Mindfulness increases moment-to-moment awareness so that we can notice and change these ingrained automatic reactions. This enables the individual to respond creatively to the stress and difficulty with more choice.
Mindfulness encourages us to be aware of each moment, rather than cut off from aspects of our experience. It helps us to tune in to what is going on in our mind, body and emotions day to day, and to work directly with the struggle, rather than ‘swept away’ by the current of challenging thoughts, feelings, worries, pressures and responsibilities.
WHO CAN BENEFIT?
Anyone can learn and practice mindfulness. It is open for everyone interested in cultivating and integrating and incorporating mindfulness in their everyday life and work situation. You can practice it anywhere, and the results can be life-changing.
WHAT MINDFULNESS OFFERS YOU :
Anxiety, stress, depression and exhaustion all decrease with regular sessions of meditation.
Memory improves, reaction times become faster and stamina increases. In short, regular meditators are happier and more contented.
Mindfulness can dramatically reduce pain and the emotional reaction to it. Recent trials suggest that average pain ‘unpleasantness’ levels can be reduced by 57 per cent.
Mindfulness improves mood and quality of life in chronic pain conditions such as lower-back pain in chronic functional disorders such as IBS and in challenging medical illnesses.
Mindfulness improves working memory, creativity, attention span and reaction speeds.
It also enhances mental and physical stamina and resilience.