Mindfulness is the art of controlling your focus, or spotlight, of your attention, “on purpose and without judgement”. Mindfulness helps you keep you mind to the present moment – which is a very useful skill to have because anxiety, depression, anger, frustration and stress are all caused by our automatic thoughts, and our brain’s inability to distinguish fact from fiction.
Be present in your life
Take back control
Mindfulness will not stop your mind from wandering (because that would be impossible!). But once you learn the discipline of Mindfulness you can notice what your mind is doing, and bring it back to what you want to focus on. In other words, you’re in control of your mind rather than your mind being in control of you.
Practice makes perfect
Mindfulness can be cultivated through practice. The brain likes simple tasks, repeated over and over again. That’s how we create new patterns of thinking and habits. For that reason, I offer 6-week mindfulness group workshops, which help you build up a regular practice over a series of weeks.
Learning the discipline of Mindfulness under the guidance of an experienced Mindfulness teacher, provides you with more detailed insight into how your mind automatically takes you off-course, and teaches you how to guide it back. And learning with a group offers you invaluable support – it’s always nice to know you’re not alone in your ‘worry thoughts’. In fact, you’ll learn it’s more far more common that you might think!
Mindfulness & well-being
Since its introduction to the mainstream of western medicine in the late 1970’s, mindfulness has been shown to be an important predictor of well-being. It’s also associated with increased levels of:
- Life satisfaction
- Sense of autonomy & control