Mindfulness is a term being used more frequently to describe a state of wellbeing of some description, but what exactly does it mean?
Have you ever driven somewhere, got to your destination, and can’t remember the journey? Do you ever do the washing up with most of your mind on the cup of tea you are going to have after or the next job you need to complete?
Sometimes it can be very easy to live in automatic pilot and not be fully aware of what we are doing, how we are feeling and what is happening around us.
For me, mindfulness is about waking up from a life in this state and being sensitive to novelty in our (your) everyday experiences. Instead of being on ‘automatic’, mindfulness helps you awaken and achieve greater states of relaxation and appreciation, making change much more possible.
Another way to understand mindfulness is to see it as the awareness that comes from paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, to what is happening.
Some of the key skills involved in practicing mindfulness include perceiving feelings and emotions without having to react to them even if they are unpleasant and being nonjudgmental of your experience. This will enable a greater clarity of thinking and relaxation.
Almost every culture and religion have practices that encourage and help people to develop awareness of the present moment or mindfulness including meditation, prayer and yoga Mindfulness is not associated with any one religious orientation nor does it conflict with any.
Research has shown mindfulness to significantly improve a wide range of conditions from obsessive compulsive disorder, eating and anxiety disorders.
I am very happy to discuss any questions you may have about how I can help you achieve a greater state of mindfulness.