Mindfulness is everywhere
So - what exactly IS mindfulness …. and what’s all the fuss about?
We may be here physically, but often our mind is elsewhere – in fact, research shows the mind is ‘wired’ to wander for 47% of our waking hours:
- The mind ruminates over the past - going over and over things we can’t change - or speculates unhelpfully about the future by worrying or over-planning.
- These thoughts can seem so real that they trigger emotions e.g anxiety
- The mind tries to hold our entire, extensive and complex ‘to-do list’ in our head
- The mind is often somewhere else altogether – so we are on autopilot with:
- Our actions – e.g. driving, eating
- Our behaviours – we react when situations (or people!) push our buttons
So - we are often not fully ‘present’- and we miss the richness of what’s here.
Mindfulness can help.
Simply - mindfulness is being aware of whatever is here - in this moment, without judgement.
Try it for yourself right now.
Just pause - and notice. Notice your thoughts, your breath, the physical sensations in your body … the sights, sounds and smells of what’s around you. There – you are aware. Pause, breathe and be.
When you become aware of what’s here in the present moment, you have a choice point:
- You can choose where you want your attention to be
- You can choose to be fully present
- You can choose to respond to what life throws at you, with focus, calm and clarity – not just react
- You can choose to take an appropriate action, which is helpful and supports your health and wellbeing
Very simple – and very empowering.
Mindfulness is not a ‘magic wand’. It won’t make all the difficult stuff go away. But it WILL give you tools so that you can deal with it much more effectively.
Mindfulness is also not a quick fix. Just like going to the gym to work out your physical muscles, if you want to become mindful you need to practice mindfulness regularly to embed a new mindfulness ‘habit’. You will then bring about positive brain changes resulting in many benefits to physical and emotional health. These include decreasing stress and anxiety, and increasing effectiveness, memory, learning and empathy.
There’s a whole wealth of ebooks, apps and websites out there. I have recommended some of my preferred resources for you to explore.
There’s also an extensive database of scientific research proving mindfulness really does ‘work’. And practicing Mindfulness in Nature is also proven by science to provide a wealth of synergistic benefits.
Please do Contact me for further information.