Mindfulness has become increasingly popular over the past decade and it is readily available in most towns and cities. I offer mindfulness as an integral part of my work as it helps to reduce stress qhite quiclky, resulting in increased self-knowledge.
Mindfulness is part of Buddhist practice and means ‘Awareness.’ It is a simple idea that can have immediate results. Many forms of therapy today recommend Mindfulness as something that can be easily incorporated into life, whether on a walk, in the office, at home, on the train and so on.
Becoming mindful helps to still the mind resulting in a greater ability to be in the present, to see and notice oneself in the environment. By paying attention to our mind, body, emotions and the environment, we are more able to relax and enjoy the world and people around us.
Entering this space allows us to acknowledge ourselves non-judgementally. As a result we become more able to make informed decisions.
You can practice Mindfulness irrespective of your beliefs. It is simply a way to notice your thoughts, bodily sensations, and our your five senses, just to notice. The skills are simple but require practice.
Mindfulness might simply be described as choosing and learning to control our focus of attention and to make conscious choices in life.
RESOURCES FOR MINDFULNESS
Here are a number of guided mindfulness meditations and chakra practices, that you might find useful. If they are not for you there is no judgment.
The NHS offers a range of approved apps on it’s website for: anxiety, depression, sleep, negative thoughts, breathing, relaxation, emotions and moods. Click on the NHS logo to visit their website.
This is a link to the free Mindfulness book, Mindfulness in Plain English.
Keep a feeling diary or journal of feelings and emotions, with here’s a bit of motivation from the Guardian.