Mindfulness is a practise and can help us to live in the current moment to improve our quality of wellbeing.
Learning how to focus the mind
What is Mindfulness – Living in past trauma, or worrying about future concerns can have a huge affect your present state of mind and so learning how to focus the mind with Mindfulness Classes (Find out more) can be very helpful if you find yourself in negative thinking patterns. This is a management system or training to focus the mind on the moment you are in, the small details of the world around you and build an appreciation of alternate elements of life perhaps you had forgotten about. In doing so we can learn how to be aware of, become more in control of thoughts and feelings which may have been unconsciously fuelling negative thinking patterns to improve wellbeing.
Where does it Come From?
Believed to have begun within Buddhist practices and has been practised for hundreds if not thousands of years. Most likely originated from ancient meditation practices, essentially it is a practice you engage in to calm the mind and relax the body.
In modern times Jo Kabat-Zinn is the founder of mindfulness based stress reduction, his research interests are focused mainly on the mind-body interaction and it’s aid to healing. He is also focussed on the clinical applications of mindfulness meditation training, and the effects of this on the brain and the immune system- he has written many books on this and won awards for his work.
Some of the Benefits of Mindfulness
- Practicing Mindfulness can improve both your mental and physical health
- Being Mindful also means to be in a heightened state of awareness, calming the mind of monkey chatter/anxiety/stress.
- Learning to use the breath as a source of calm/energy/focus
- Become more aware of your thoughts without judgements of the past or future
- Create a positive mindset to manifest alternate outcomes