WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
Living in the moment
Mindfulness is living in the now. It is essentially about being more aware and awake in every moment of your life. It is about deliberately paying attention to each moment, being fully engaged in whatever is happening around you and within you, WITHOUT JUDGMENT!. It involves bringing an attitude of curiosity, acceptance and KINDNESS to whatever is experienced, rather than habitual patterns of demandingness, judgment and criticism.
The default mode of our brain is to actively seek out things that could be a danger to us. As a result the brain tries to give attention to everything. This is a type of attention characterised by mental chatter, mind wandering, operating on ‘automatic pilot’, dwelling on the past and worrying about the future, judgment and criticism. Not being able to quieten the mind can easily lead to feeling stressed, anxious, sad, and irritable and this may result in burnout.
Means that we are learning to accept what is, instead of demanding what should be. Mindfulness is like going to the gym for your mind. When you start going to the gym you do not expect to be fit after the first training sessions. Training yourself in Mindfulness is similar. Before you experience the benefits (more energy, feeling more awake and being less bothered by negative feelings) you will have to practice quite a bit.
Learning Mindfulness is hard work and although the impact of becoming proficient in Mindfulness will have a relaxing impact on your life, it would be wrong to expect to feel relaxed after mindfulness exercises in the beginning of the training programme.
Mindfulness as a practice
In order to learn to master the skill of Mindfulness it is necessary to make practicing Mindfulness meditations a standard part of life. Daily practice of Mindfulness meditations will over time ‘automate’ the process of being mindful. By practicing Mindfulness meditations we can ensure that we develop a new default mode: Being Mindful
Lynne offers Mindfulness training and can do so individually, in a group setting and can also provide in-company mindfulness training.