‘ You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf ’ – Jon Kabat Zinn
Simply put Mindfulness is about being present, really being aware of what is happening in your body and mind moment to moment, not judging your experience as good or bad but accepting it, letting it be as best you can.
Mindfulness is about learning to direct our attention to our experience as it unfolds, rather than “living in our heads”. Too often, the pace and stress of modern living leave us caught up in a stream of thoughts and feelings, trapped in past problems or overwhelmed by future anxieties. Mindfulness helps us to wake up to our lives and get the most out of each day. Rather than worrying about what has happened or might happen, it trains us to explore and respond skilfully to whatever is happening right now.
By doing this we learn not to get as caught up in our thoughts, we don’t take things so personally as a result life feels a bit lighter and we become happier…..simple.
Mindfulness has its roots in ancient Buddhist psychology taught over 2,500 years ago. Amazingly many of the core principle of these teachings are incredibly relevant to modern life and continue to inspire many Mindfulness practitioners today. Although Mindfulness is derived from Buddhism the training offered has been secularised and today millions of people from all faiths find huge benefit from learning and practising Mindfulness.
What are the benefits of Mindfulness?
Over the last 40 years or so there has been a growing interest in Mindfulness and the benefits it provides to help manage the complexities of modern life. At times we can all feel overwhelmed, find it difficult to cope or feel that we are not living life to its fullest. Research shows Mindfulness can help us become:
- more focused
- reduce stress
- more aware of others and improve relationships
- more productive at work and home
Mindfulness has benefited a huge range of people from all walks of life and is currently taught in a great many settings including sport, schools, corporate industry, mental health settings, prisons and even the houses of parliament.
Mindfulness is recommended in the NICE guidelines as an effective treatment for depression and has been harnessed by companies such as Google and Sony. In the recent Rio Olympics, diver Tom Daley and volleyball player Kerri Walsh both spoke about the positive difference Mindfulness training had on their performance. It worked for them and it can work for you too.
Mindfulness can literally transform your entire world from the inside out and for the millions of mindfulness practitioners around the world it’s doing just that!
If you haven’t already, why not find out what it’s all about for yourself? You might just discover the most incredible and wonderful surprise, that everything you’ve been searching for ‘out there’ — feelings of fulfilment, peace and wholeness — have been within you all along.
Contact Chloe here to find out more about how her 8 week Mindfulness course can benefit you.
What mindfulness isn’t…
Mindfulness isn’t about having to be calm, feeling relaxed or happy all the time – in fact if you have the secret to this I’d love to know! Thankfully you don’t have to switch off a busy mind or sit and meditate for 5 hours a day! Although many people find that through practising Mindfulness regularly they do become calmer, more relaxed and happier….it’s like a wonderful magic. When we don’t try to change how we are, but instead see if we can accept ourselves and let things be…just as they are moment to moment…that’s Mindfulness and that’s how you can begin to transform your life. Read Chloe’s story here and see how Mindfulness changed her life for the better.
Mindfulness is about increasing our skill in looking after our mind and body, getting to know and befriending our thoughts (particularly the negative, critical and unhelpful ones), aches and pains – Doing this gives us an opportunity to approach life with more awareness and most importantly gives us the choice to do things differently.
It’s really important to say that Mindfulness training is not always the best option for everyone. Learning Mindfulness skills can be an incredibly helpful way of dealing with emotional difficulty but it is not therapy. If your in the midst of a very difficult period in your life, have experienced a recent trauma or have a diagnosis of depression and currently depressed please consult with your GP first and or contact Chloe to discuss your needs.