Is 2018 the Year You Take up Mindfulness?

Before you can answer the question of whether or not 2018 is the year you develop a mindfulness practice you may need to know a little more about what mindfulness actually is.

The short answer is that mindfulness is an approach to life which helps to combat the ‘stress’ of 21st century living and improves people’s well-being.

Details of Jan 18 Hither Green M:M course

It is about living in the present and being aware of everything around you; experiencing whatever life throws at you with all your senses – taste, smell, hearing, sight and touch – in order to stay grounded and to be in the moment.  As well as the discipline of being in the moment, some of the key principles to mindful living are gratitude, self-kindness and empathy.  There’s more about the benefits of mindfulness here.

One participant from the last course commented:

“I found Hayley’s course to be very informative and helpful. I intend to incorporate as many of the ideas as I can to improve my daily life. Hayley is an exceptionally talented guide and teacher who delivered the course with sensitivity and care. I would recommend this course to anyone seeking to understand themselves better in a frantic and hectic world.”

People sometimes get scared off from mindfulness when they hear about the meditative aspect to it.  Yes, people who commit fairly seriously to mindfulness tend to ‘sit on the mat’ to meditate regularly in order to train their brains. It is also totally secular and generally centres around using the breath to anchor us to the present.

It is evidence-based with scientific research having proven that mindful meditation (which is very definitely NOT about clearing the thoughts from your mind but about observing and noticing them) can help with our well-being and to ‘re-wire’ the brain.

Of course there is no harm reading about different mindfulness techniques and taking on board some of the strategies without committing to meditation, however the science definitely shows that those who meditate are more likely to reap greater rewards from their mindful practices.

So if this sounds like something that may help you then maybe it is time that you explored mindfulness further.  A course is always a good place to start.

If you would like to book on to my next course starting on the 17th January then please contact me here or email me at admin@missionmindfulness.co.uk.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2018.

handwritten Hayley

For more information read:

  • one of my very early posts explaining my take on mindfulness and being a Mum to young children
  • this post about Ruby Wax’s thoughts about mindfulness
  • this post for a bit more about the science behind mindfulness
  • this post about how mindfulness meditation is different to how you may perceive traditional meditation
  • here for an MP’s take on her mindfulness practice
  • here about how I developed my understanding of mindfulness on the Mindfulness in Schools .b teacher training course

 

30 Comments

  1. January 5, 2018 / 1:18 am

    I am so up fr a mindfulness course… I have that as a goal for the year. A bit of a re-wire can be good for us all! Best of luck on this course! #ablogginggoodtime xoxo

    • onamindfulmummymission
      January 7, 2018 / 10:08 pm

      Thanks Lisa and I can’t wait to hear how your course goes xx

  2. January 5, 2018 / 8:34 pm

    #thesatsesh Im glad I got to do a course last year, it wasn’t all for me… I really suck at mindful eating haha, but meditation is defo something my soul needs to clam my brain and train my body to live in the now. If I lived local to you, Id bother hun 🙂

  3. January 6, 2018 / 8:02 am

    Mindfulness is definitely something that would help me stay calm and appreciative with 4 young kids running about. You’re a bit far away for me to attend the course but I hope it goes well.
    #Satsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      January 7, 2018 / 10:04 pm

      Thank you and WOW 4 – hats off to you, 3 are a handful for me!!! xx

      • January 7, 2018 / 10:07 pm

        Ha, you say wow, you haven’t seen the state of my house (or of me & my children half the time 😂) x

        • onamindfulmummymission
          January 7, 2018 / 10:09 pm

          Ha ha ha – I hear you! xx

  4. January 6, 2018 / 9:00 am

    Being mindful is something i need to work on in 2018 – I’m so guilty of not stopping or taking time out #thesatsesh

  5. January 6, 2018 / 9:02 am

    Each year I tr to incorporate a bit more mindfulness into my life. It certainly helps. nd its easy to do when life is good and stress levels are low. Much tougher when you are in the throws of anxiety , stress and panic – which was my point in life I really needed to learn some mindfulness techniques xx If I was anywhere near SE2 I might have joined you. xx

    • onamindfulmummymission
      January 7, 2018 / 10:00 pm

      I agree it’s hard to always be mindful when life may be a struggle – good to practice when you can then so reserves are in place when needed. Thanks so much for the thoughtful comment. xx

  6. January 6, 2018 / 4:07 pm

    Fantastic that you’re running a course! Your blog is definitely the thing that opened my mind to mindfulness. It’s become something that has more and more been part of my life ever since then, and has changed me for the better. xx #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      January 7, 2018 / 9:57 pm

      Awwwwww Nicole that is so lovely to hear. You always give me such a boost. Hope you had a good Christmas lovely. xx

  7. January 6, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    I think meditation can be a bit scorned upon – it really is just taking some time to be quiet and calm and alone. I don’t sit and meditate in the typical sense but I definitely take a breather and enjoy the silence! #thesatsesh

  8. January 6, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    yay, all the best with the course, mindfulness helps so many people in this busy world that we live in X #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      January 7, 2018 / 9:52 pm

      Thanks so much hon. xx

  9. January 7, 2018 / 8:15 am

    I would definitely like to become more mindful this year. 2017 was a bit of a write off for me so I am going to try and be as positive as possible this coming year. Good luck to you with the course. X #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      January 7, 2018 / 9:52 pm

      Thanks Sam and I really hope that 2018 is a good year for you. xx

  10. January 7, 2018 / 9:06 am

    I attended a workshop at a conference for teachers about how a teacher had incorporated mindfulness training into her workplace. It made me think of you! I would love to do the training but would have to commit to a two day course in London and I can’t do that at the moment. No excuses but I cannot leave Oscar now and my father-in-law is very ill. Shame but one to add to the future list for sure. For now I will continue to practice my gratitude and this year I am focusing on self kindness. Thank you for hosting 🌟 #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      January 7, 2018 / 9:51 pm

      Self-kindness is an excellent focus to have for 2018. I totally understand about not leaving Oscar and I’m so sorry about your father-in-law. Take care xxx

  11. January 7, 2018 / 11:56 am

    I’d love to take a Mindfulness course in the future, I have a book which I refer to lots and keep by the bedside to help recenter myself after busy days. Hope the course goes well Hayley x #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      January 7, 2018 / 9:50 pm

      That’s great that you are starting to dip into it. Courses are great to help you set habits. Thank you so much for your support Karen xx

  12. January 7, 2018 / 5:10 pm

    Popping in from #thesatsesh xoxo, mindfully yours! xoxo

  13. January 8, 2018 / 8:20 am

    It sounds like a great course. I wish you the best of luck with it all.

    #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      January 8, 2018 / 6:57 pm

      Thank you xx

  14. mackenzieglanville
    January 8, 2018 / 12:07 pm

    Mindfullness really helped me out of a dark time in my mind. I truly believe in its ability to help so many in different ways #thesatsesh

  15. January 9, 2018 / 9:40 am

    I actually do really want to take up some mindfulness this year. Can you recommend any books that aren’t too killer on price?
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime

    • onamindfulmummymission
      January 10, 2018 / 9:27 pm

      Hi hon – yes Williams and Penman, Finding Peace in a Frantic World easily to get on Amazon. I think you’d love mindfulness xx

  16. January 9, 2018 / 5:28 pm

    Wishing you well with the course. It’s a great technique. #thesatsesh

  17. January 11, 2018 / 9:44 am

    Yes I am definitely embracing mindfulness is 2018! I’ve been interested in it for many years, but recent years I have found that it has dropped to the bottom of my to-do list and like any practice, you need to commit to do it and do it regularly! The uni I worked at were really big on mindfulness, thanks to having Dr Peter Malinowski as a very powerful advocate of the practice!
    Thanks for the useful links. #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      January 11, 2018 / 3:29 pm

      Ooooh yes – how good to have him championing it where yo work – it would definitely help us all stay on track! xx

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