Face challenges with calmness and inner strength.
“Paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.” (Kabat-Zinn, 1994)
Mindfulness is something that we all do at different times of the day. However it is often a fleeting and short lived experience which we may not notice at all. It is a type of awareness that is a pure awareness. That means it is an awareness that just observes. It makes no judgments or distinctions. It is an awareness that is an intentional, non reactive, clear awareness which is directed towards immediate experience.
Mindfulness will equip you to deal with stressful situations by accepting them and being aware of them. Mindfulness requires or allows you to be aware of your surroundings, to develop a sense of sensitivity in perceiving every moment, and enabling you to accept stressful situations, instead of avoiding them. By being aware of the inner state of your mind during Mindfulness, you can accept difficult situations in your life without much resistance.
Mindfulness helps and trains your mind from getting distracted by outside disturbances and enables you to focus your thoughts and relax the mind thereby obtaining a clear picture of your thoughts and inner states, focusing your thoughts, and even training your mind to perceive things and situations more effectively.
There are numerous researched and anecdotal benefits of mindfulness practice. Here are some suggested benefits:
- Skilful observation of reactive and habitual patterns.
- Improved self –esteem.
- Manage depression, anxiety and stress more effectively.
- Promotes physical wellbeing.
- Reduced blood pressure.
- Higher immune function.
- Reduction in physical stress responses.
- Greater sense of emotional wellbeing.
- Increase self-awareness.
- Become less disturbed by and less reactive to unpleasant experiences.
- Better management of chronic pain.
- Experience more balance and less emotional ups and downs.
- Develop self-acceptance.
Who would benefit from Mindfulness Practice?
As a generalization everyone would gain some benefit from Mindfulness Practice. However the research suggests benefits for those individuals experiencing:
- Chronic pain
- Chronic illness
- Sleep difficulties
- Mood management