Being in the Present
Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing your awareness on the present moment, whilst calmly acknowledging and accepting your feelings, your thoughts, and your bodily sensations.
With so many demands on our time, emotions and energy it is easy to lose an awareness of the present and to fail to notice what is good and conversely what is troubling us.
Mindfulness is ‘Moment to moment, non-judgmental awareness, cultivated by paying attention‘ Jon Kabat Zinn
If you have ever tried to focus your thoughts you will know how hard it can be. Trying to really listen to your mind and to your body without the day to day distractions, which keep tumbling in demanding our attention, can seem impossible.
Through learning tried and trusted techniques we can begin to find that focus and with it an inner peace and tranquility. Learning to be fully present in our lives and in our work work does not mean that all of our problems will miraculously disappear, but it can help us to respond in a more positive, calmer and ultimately more productive way to them.
Many people consider Mediation and Mindfulness as interchangeable and in some ways they are; they both use the Mind, Body, Emotions connection. With Meditation we are moving away from our thoughts to a peaceful calm place. With Mindfulness we are observing our thoughts and learning not to absorb them; we get to see what our mind is up to and learn to watch our thoughts and let them go without getting caught up in them and being driven by them. Mindfulness helps us to step out of auto-pilot mode; with that we step away from conditioned thought patterns and responses and start to respond to life, its challenges and celebrations, in a different, calmer way and without getting caught up in the ‘angst’ of it all.
Below are some of the areas that can be used to promote mindfulness:
Body Sensations and Emotions
If you would like some guidance on the practical application of Mindfulness in everyday life please do get in touch.
Benefits of Mindfulness
Improved Mental Health
helping people to accept their experiences.
making it easier to enjoy the pleasures in life as they occur.
Improved Physical Health
lowering blood pressure through a calmer response to life’s challenges
Mindfulness in the Workplace
Mindfulness can help to reduce stress and anxiety and conflict, and increase resilience and emotional intelligence, while improving communication in the workplace. Have you, in the last week or so experienced any of these:
- Unable to remember what others have said during conversations;
- Little or no recollection of your daily commute;
- Eating at your desk without tasting your food;
- Paying more attention to your phone than to your family;
- Dwelling on past events or dreading what the future holds?
If you answered yes, the chances are that you’re zoning out on a regular basis, spending at least some time on autopilot.
In the current economic climate, employees are often being asked to do more with less, working long hours with increasingly heavy workloads; a world where there is a culture that stress is inevitable if you want to succeed.
The neurological benefits of mindfulness have been linked to an increase in emotional intelligence, specifically empathy and self regulation. It’s the development of these areas that contributes to our ability to manage conflict and communicate more effectively. Mindfulness also enables us to take a step back and consider alternative perspectives rather than simply reacting to events and using the least intelligent area of our brains to make decisions. Mindfulness helps us to flick the switch back to the smart parts of our brain to put us back in control of our emotions, enabling us to choose a more appropriate response.
Over time with mindfulness, we learn to develop the inner resources that will help us navigate through difficult, trying, and stressful situations with more ease, comfort, and grace. Mindfulness wont prevent difficult issues arising but by becoming more aware of your own emotions as they arise, you have more choice in how to deal with them.
I look forward to sharing this Mindful way of life with you.
Find out how these techniques can improve your productivity and morale in the workplace by getting in touch with me.
“The past is history, so let it go. The future is a mystery, so let it come. The present is a gift – be truly in the present today and release all your fears (based on the past) and your worries (imagined futures) – this is the work of someone who truly wants to awaken, and break free from the anchors and burdens of dead yesterdays and speculative tomorrows. Be here now they say, easier said than done, I hear you say. But no one can stop us, except for ourselves. There is only now – everything else is avoidance.”Thought for Today
“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will) – being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t)”James Baraz
“No matter how much pressure you feel at work, if you could find ways to relax for at least five minutes every hour, you’d be more productive”Dr Joyce Brothers
Benefits of Regular Meditation
On a physical level, Meditation brings about changes at a cellular level. Regular meditation practice can:
Makes you Healthier
helps to lower high blood pressure and reduces cholesterol levels
Decrease any tension-related pain
tension headaches, muscle and joint problems can be lessened
Increase serotonin production
improving mood and behaviour
Boost the immune system
enhance energy levels and feeling of well-being
On a Spiritual level, Meditation brings about a deeper understanding of ourselves; our inner Truth and our spiritual path. Regular Meditation can:
Improve your understanding
Aid and strengthen intuitive ability
Be part of a larger sense of reality
Support an inner sense of ‘knowing’
Instills a deeper sense of joy
Help experience a sense of ‘oneness’
Bring about true personal transformation
as you learn more about yourself.
On a Mental & Emotional level, Meditation brings the brainwave pattern into an Alpha state. The mind becomes fresh, alive and alert and yet restful. Regular Meditation can:
Make you Happier
Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Improve emotional stability
Improve attention span
Increase creativity and awareness
Help with decision making
Gain clarity and peace of mind
Soul Connections – Monthly Meditation Group
Hi Beverley, I’ve been meaning to say how much I enjoyed Wednesday’s meditation group. I’ve also had a chance to work through some emotional stuff that came up when we looked in the mirror during the 2nd meditation so thank you as it’s really helped me.
I love that we do such a variety of meditations and I feel so peaceful at the end of the evening. Please book me in for next month’s session, thank youHelen
Introduction to Meditation Course
Thank you for a great 5 weeks. I will miss my Tuesday night meditations. It has been amazing; I look forward to the classes each week. It has been lovely to see all the different types of music that can take you on a journey too.
I signed up to the course to learn more about meditation and how to enjoy meditating. … I am now much more relaxed and enjoy my downtime; the course has really helped me to zone out. It has been informative, interesting, fun and really enjoyable. Thank you.Deborah