With our work life balance becoming harder and harder each day, week, month, I thought I would take this opportunity to share with you some information on the easiest way to switch off. There’s no need to take an hour out of your day to practice this calming, mind focusing practice, all you need is a quiet place.
Mindfulness is becoming more popular with each day that goes by, society is looking for new ways to help focus them mind and maintain a calm, effective and focused mind.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing and not overly reactive to overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. While mindfulness is something we all naturally possess, it’s more readily available to us when we practice on a daily basis.
Whenever you bring awareness to what you’re directly experiencing via your senses, or to your state of mind via thoughts and emotions, you’re being mindful. And there’s growing research showing that when you train your brain to be mindful, you’re actually remodelling the physical structure of your brain.
Who should practice mindfulness?
Anyone can do mindfulness practice. There are no barriers. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what your physical ability is, if you’re religious or not…..
Mindfulness is not obscure or exotic. It’s familiar to us because it’s what we already do, how we already are. It takes many shapes and goes by many names.
We all already have the capacity to be present, and it doesn’t require us to change who we are. But we can cultivate these innate qualities with simple practises that are scientifically demonstrated to benefit us in many ways.
How do I practice mindfulness and meditation?
Mindfulness is available to us in every moment, whether through meditations or body scans, or mindful moment practices like taking time to pause and breath when the phone rings instead of rushing to answer it.
The basics of mindfulness practice
Mindfulness helps us to put some space between ourselves and our reactions, breaking down our conditioned responses.
Here’s how to tune into mindfulness through the day:
1 Set aside some time. You don’t need a mediation cushion or bench, or any sort of special equipment to access your mindfulness skills – but you do need to set aside some time and space
2 Observe the present moment as it is. The aim of mindfulness is not quietening the mind or attempting to achieve a state of eternal calm. The goal is simple: we are aiming to pay attention to the present moment, without judgement. Easier said than done, I know.
3 Let your judgements roll by. When we notice judgements arise during our practice, we can make a mental note of them, and let them pass.
4 Return to observing the present moment as it is. Our minds often get carried away in thought. That’s why mindfulness is the practice of returning, again and again t the present moment.
5 Be kind to your wandering mind. Don’t judge yourself for whatever thoughts crop up, just practice recognising when your mind has wandered off, and gently bring it back.
That’s the practice. It’s often been said that it’s very simple, but it’s not necessarily easy. The work is just to keep doing it. Results will accrue.
I offer mindfulness courses throughout the year, please contact me for upcoming dates.
Love Nancy x