“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” (Kabat-Zinn, 2017)
Have you ever had that feeling of being on auto-pilot and not paying attention? You know, when you've been so caught up with swirling thoughts as you drive for instance, that when you arrive at your destination you don't remember the journey. Scary huh? And just how much of life do you miss when you don't pay attention, or you don't tune into others, like your partner, or the kids?
There are a myriad of possible causes for this, sometimes it's stress, other times it's a learned way of being, or a disconnection with, or avoidance of, life.
There is a better way.
Mindfulness, or present moment awareness, can be cultivated to become a way of being, by increasing your awareness of all aspects of your life. The benefits of Mindfulness are plentiful and include:
Embracing Mindfulness, allows you to establish a new relationship with yourself, your thoughts and feeling, others and the world in which we live. It means you are present and connected, which results in feeling more alive and in control of your life. It also has the potential to improve your relationships with others.
Mindfulness incorporates meditation, which is the practice of stillness, It's about developing comfort with being still, and being alone with your thoughts.
Meditation has been used for thousands of years by those wanting to move beyond the mind’s stress-inducing thoughts and emotional upsets into peace and clarity of present moment awareness. There are a variety of meditation techniques, but the essence of meditation is singular: the cultivation of mindful awareness and expanded consciousness.
People are initially drawn to meditation for many different reasons. Some begin meditating because of a doctor’s recommendation, seeking the health benefits of lowered blood pressure, stress reduction, and restful sleep. Others come to meditation seeking relief from the fearful, angry, or painful thoughts that constantly flood their mind. Still others come to meditation to find greater self-understanding, to increase their intuitive powers, or to improve their ability to concentrate.
It is accurate to say that the purpose of meditation depends on the meditator – but it is also true that anyone who meditates regularly receives profound benefits on all of these levels – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
Let me teach you how to embrace and incorporate Mindfulness and Meditation in to your every day life.