Natural tool for healing, balancing and happiness: Mindfulness
Mindfulness is natural to human beings; as long as they are in touch with the nature of living. And that is where a lot of us have lost it.
As we move further away from our essence, we lose our natural abilities. Babies switch off when life gets too intense, because they are intuitively registering the need. Living in the fast lane prevents us from registering that need and we go on and on and on…..
When life gets intense, we just produce a few more stress hormones to make sure we cope. Instead of taking a step back and nurturing our needs.
Mindfulness is in the spotlight at the moment and for good reason. It has proven to be a great tool to reduce anxiety, deal with depression, manage eating disorders and …. as shown on BBC’s programme Horizon ‘change personality traits - from negative into positive’.
There is a lot of scientific evidence that shows that mindfulness meditation helps people to make changes in what sounds like a ‘magical way’. Meditate daily and feel your depression evaporate, practice regularly and observe your mood changing. Add some academic tests and notice that your brain has changed: physical and visual proof of change. Mindfulness meditation has proven to be the perfect training method to make changes to your personality.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness: the state of being in which you are in the present moment and not busy with the past (that has gone anyway), the future (which is a fantasy that might never materialise in the way you anticipate), other people (as they distract you from yourself) or events (that always take place outside you). The art of being fully present!
What is meditation?
Meditation: the technique or activity that will lead to a state of mindfulness. The key of meditation practice, sometimes called ‘sitting’, is focus. It is not relevant what you focus on, as long as you do it. It is simple. And I know that, because I have been doing it myself and I am teaching people how to do it and how to integrate the skill into their busy lifestyle.
How can you get into it?
Here is Karen came to a meditation workshop, feeling quite nervous as she had never done anything like this and did not really know what to expect. She is an active mum of 2 and also holding down a part-time job. She told me: ‘I never switch off. I am always physical on the go and when I sit down, my mind races and goes through all the things I have to plan and have to do.’ When she read the announcement of the workshop she was attracted to the ‘down-to-earth’ element and also to the fact that it promised her to feel relaxed. She did not think she had relaxed for the last 4 years, since she became a mother. Afterwards she ‘wowed’ about how relaxed she felt during the workshop and how ‘she felt the stress just melting away’.
When I spoke to her a few days later she told me she slept better, felt considerably calmer and was trying some of the short practices a few times a day. Karen makes me smile. Because she picked up what I want to put out there: how easy it is to start to practice mindfulness meditation.
The BBC programme Horizon presented the case of a man who wanted to become a ‘warmer and happier person and sleep better’ – he suffered from insomnia for the last 20 years. He was asked to do a daily meditation and he was trained to look for positive faces, instead of focussing on angry or sad ones. In 7 weeks his brains had changed, his feeling of well-being changed and he slept better.
The miracle meditation cure
Interested to know more? Why not come along to my talk on ‘The Art of Mindfulness’ on 31 July in Guildford or check out my courses in the Autumn.
Dr Mariette Jansen (De-Stress) helps women to create their perfect work-life balance with individual coaching. The Winner’s Package is a 4 session series that will deliver the results you are looking for. Mindfulness training is part of the package.
In you want to know more, why not give Mariette a call on 07967717131 or email email@example.com.
'After the first session I have been feeling so much calmer, which is a nice feeling (and also a few close people around me have also commented the same!) - although a little doubt did creep in that maybe I was just having a few good days. But then I focus on positive selftalk and I am feeling really positive about me taking back control of my emotions.' Rachel D
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