“Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves” Thich Nhat Hanh
Our minds are often running ahead of us: making plans and to-do lists, worrying, remembering the past, and imagining the future…. all this is going on whilst we’re driving, shopping, eating, or doing any number of other activities. We are “doing” without being AWARE of what we’re doing. In other words, we’re on “automatic pilot” as opposed to “in the moment”.We lose awareness of the present moment, and as a result, we are “not present” in our own lives.
We often fail to notice the good things about our lives, we’re not tuned in to what our bodies are telling us, or our intuition, or even our surroundings, because we’re overwhelmed by the barrage of “brain chatter” racing through our minds at any given moment.
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to, and seeing clearly whatever is happening in our lives. Combining meditation, breathing techniques and paying attention to the present moment, mindfulness helps people change the way they think, feel and act.
Becoming more aware of our thoughts, feelings and sensations may not sound like an obviously helpful thing to do, but learning to do this in a way that suspends judgement and self-criticism can have an incredibly positive impact on our lives. Practicing mindfulness helps us to respond to the stresses and pressures of our hectic lives in a way that benefits us both emotionally and physically. It helps us recognise and step away from habitual, often unconscious emotional and physiological reactions to everyday events. It provides us with a scientifically researched approach to cultivating clarity, insight, and understanding.
Practicing mindfulness allows us to be fully present in our life and work, which can greatly improve our quality of life.The practice of mindfulness meditation has many scientifically proven benefits, here are just a few:
- Reduces anxiety, stress, depression, exhaustion and irritability
- Dramatically reduces pain and the emotional reaction to it
- Enhances mental and physical wellbeing
- Enhances the body’s natural healing systems
- Improves working memory, creativity, attention span and reaction speeds
- Reduces addictive and self-destructive behaviour including over-eating, drug abuse and excessive alcohol intake.
- Enhances brain function.
Sometimes we just need a boost to help us cope with the day-to-day pressures of life: after just one Hypno-meditation session, D Hayes experienced positive results:
“Things have been really good since the session, and I am applying everything that I gained insight on!! It has refreshed me to think outside of the box, and it is most helpful having the benefit of another person to do so! Highly recommended!”
We have successfully used mindfulness meditation techniques as powerful healing tools when helping clients to overcome a number of physical and emotional health related conditions including migraine, phobias, panic attacks and depression. It’s also a wonderful technique for restoring calm into our lives and building self-acceptance and gratitude.
Contact us to find out how mindfulness and mediation can help you.