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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2018.
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