What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is sometimes called ' Present Centredness, and it is an intregrated mind-body based approached that helps people to manage their thoughts and feelings. it is recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence), as a preventative practice for people suffering with or experiencing recurrent depression.
Paying more attention to the present moment - to your own thoughts and feelings as well as the world around you can improve your wellbeing. Good mental wellbeing means feeling good about yourself and life. and to be able to get on with life in the way you want. Evidence shows that the way we think and what we do have big impacts on our wellbeing. The cells on our body respond to the way we think. So negative thinking leads to poor health, poor immune system making us susceptible to picking up infections and viruses.
References: Gateway workshops, (Meditation Teacher Diploma Course
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Benefits and how Mindfulness can help.
It helps us become more aware of the present moment and experience and appreciate the world arous.
It allows us to become more aware of our thoughts and feelings, and how they affect our lives. How easy it is to allow our thoughts to control us.
It enables us to stand back form our thoughts and start to see patterns. Gradually we can train ourselves to notice these patterns and when these thoughts are taking over. Learn that thoughts are simply 'MENTAL EVENTS', and they do not have to control us.
Mindfulness can help us be more productive in handling issues we find hard to deal with. Ask yourself, ' Is sulking, complaining or worrying about something going to help with an issue?
Notice and being aware of signs of anxiety and stress early, so we can deal with them quickly.
Reduction in stress and anxiety, and improves our mood.
It allows us to notice negative thoughts patterns before they become out of control, so it begins the process of helping you to be back in control.
Over time mindfulness brings about long term changes in our mood and levels of happiness and wellbeing.
Regular 'Mindfulness meditation', improves our memory, creativity increases, reaction times increase and tips to the doctor tend to decrease as our wellbeing increases.
Medition: What is meditation?
There are different explanations of the word "Meditation". The Sanskrit word for meditation is "Madha", meaning wisdom, and the Latin word "Meditor" means to think.
Meditation is a state of consciousness where a person goes deep within themselves, focusing on quieting the mind and eliminating outside influences. Having achieved deep quietening of the mind, you can listen to your thoughts and observe your mind, body and spirit, and reach a high level of awareness and inner calm. You can also move deeper into expanding on spiritual awareness. You can meditate anywhere and at anytime, for as little as 5 minutes or for how long you want to. Meditation can enhance your life considerably; understanding yourself and why you react tor respond in certain ways. It can help you appreciate others and notice the beautiful the world around you.
Historical references show many ancient cultures meditated, One of the early areas being Asia 2500 BC. Meditation is not religious, but it is practiced in some religions and non-religious groups.
Reduces levels of anxiety, stress, physical pain and improves the immune system..
Improves circulation to the brain and lowers blood pressure.
Focuses the mind, increase concentration and enhances creativity, and helps open your mind to new activities.
Encourages feeling of peace, relaxation, and promotes deep sleep.
Helps identify and balance emotions.
Can help a deeper understanding of yourself and others. Can help with making grounded decisions.
Can help you to connect to your spiritual purpose and direction.