Mindfulness Explained.

mindfulnessAn all-party parliamentary group on mindfulness was launched on May 7th of this year, London city workers are adopting it and even the NHS now offers information on how to practise it.

‘Mindfulness’ is a buzz word that’s been bandied around everywhere at the moment – it’s on trend and people are paying attention. That’s great for us, because here at The Relaxation Centre we’ve been great supporters and promoters of mindfulness from the get go and finally people are realising its enormous benefits.

So, what is it, exactly?

Here’s our quick guide on what mindfulness is and how it can help you.

 

What is it?

The Oxford Dictionary explains it as “the state or quality of being mindful” which is as vague as it sounds.

The other meaning of Mindfulness, taken from Buddhist philosophies, is being taken on board far more readily and is much more rounded a meaning: “with reference to yoga philosophy and Buddhism: the meditative state of being both fully aware of the moment and of being self-conscious of and attentive to this awareness; a state of intense concentration on one’s own thought processes; self-awareness.”

In summary, mindfulness is a rather adaptable tool that can be practised anywhere, in a form of meditation, to find peace in our frantic world.

 

Who’s it for?

Anyone can benefit from mindfulness and it is a practise that should be incorporated into everyone’s life in some way.

More specifically, if you suffer from anxiety, depression, mood swings, indecisiveness, low self-esteem, irritability or similar issues, mindfulness can help you turn these negative thoughts around and generally ensure you live a more relaxed, peaceful and positive life.

 

Why should I bother?mindfulness

As mentioned above, if you suffer from particularly negative thought patterns anyway, mindfulness is a sure fire way of turning these around.

However, in general day-to-day modern life, mindfulness is incredibly important. The world we live in now isn’t what it used to be: we’re constantly connected and ‘available’, 24 hours a day. There comes a point where we need to stop. Mindfulness ensures we reconnect with ourselves and in doing this. prevents more serious consequences later on (such as stress induced illnesses) and ensures we are more productive and positive in all areas of our life.

 

Where do I learn more?

One of the best things about mindfulness is that most people can teach themselves the basics. There are many books, articles and videos out there that can help. Here are a few:

Danny Pennman “Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world”

Jon Kabat-Zinn “Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life”

Bhante Henepola Gunaratana “Mindfulness in Plain English”

What is Mindfulness

Becoming Conscious: The Science of Mindfulness

Scientific Research into Meditation

Mindfulness on the BBC

 

If you want an even deeper understanding of mindfulness, you can attend the highly acclaimed workshops by Mark Dunn, here at The Relaxation Centre. His next workshop is on Saturday 13th September: click here for more information or call us on 0117 970 6616

 

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