What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a simple form of meditation which consists of focusing your full attention on your breath as it flows in and out of your body. Using your breath as an anchor allows you to be in the present moment. While in the present moment, you can be the observer of your thoughts as they arise in your mind. Over time you come to realise that your thoughts are not real and they come and go of their own accord. and you can choose how you react to these thoughts.
You are not your thoughts.
Mindfulness is about getting to know yourself. It starts physically through exercises which, With practise, cultivates a new healthy awareness of your own body as a physical being. This leads on to a mental awareness through meditation which helps you see any blocks which prevent you from being in the present moment. It teaches you to fully participate and experience each of your waking moments and it helps you to really wake up.
Reminding yourself to take notice of thoughts, feelings, sensations in your body and the world around you is the first step towards mindfulness. This enables you to step out of automatic-pilot and become fully present in your everyday life which improves your mental health and physical well being.
“You can’t stop the wave, but you can learn to surf.” Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness invites you to pay attention and observe clearly what is happening in your life. It will not eliminate life’s pressures, but it will help you to cultivate a new healthy awareness.
Mindfulness teaches you to observe any thoughts as they come and go, like clouds in the sky. With practise, you come to the understanding that thoughts and feelings, including negative ones, are transient. They come and they go, and ultimately, you do have a choice about whether to act on them or not.
Don’t just look, observe.
Don’t just swallow, taste.
Don’t just sleep, dream.
Don’t just think, feel.
Don’t just exist, live.
It takes time to learn mindfulness but when practised often, it helps you to remain calm, focused and in control. Having emotional control helps you to increase your flexibility so you can remain resilient in the face of challenge.
You can learn to intercept your reactive responses to life challenges simply by being mindful.
Over time you will learn to recognise and step away from any negative habits.
With practise, mindfulness brings about long-term changes in mood and levels of happiness and well-being. Scientific studies have shown that mindfulness not only affects the brain patterns in a positive way, it can also prevent anxiety and depression.
Seven attitudes of Mindfulness.
These seven attitudes underpin the mindfulness practice:
A good mindfulness practice involves adopting a neutral attitude toward one’s experiences in the present moment.
Our continual mistake is that we do not concentrate upon the present day or the actual hour of our life. We live in the past or in the future. We are continually expecting the coming of some special moment when our life will unfold itself in its full significance and we do not notice that life is flowing like water through our fingers.
My name is Louise Bates and I work as a Complementary Therapist and EFT Practitioner.
I studied meditation in 2003 and I have experienced the long term benefits of having a personal mindfulness practice.
I am a qualified Mindfulness teacher approved by: (BPS) The British Psychological Society.
I offer an eight week mindfulness course and a full day retreat called The Gift.
“Today is a gift, that’s why they call it the present.”
Please note: My courses, workshops and retreats are fully booked at present.
If you would like to find out how mindfulness can help you, or you would like more information about my courses, telephone me today for a free confidential chat. If I am with a client, please leave your name and number on the answer phone and I will call you back.