Meditation & Mindfulness

I believe that Mindfulness and Meditation are essential to taking back control of our life and would therefore always be recommended as a tool for self-help. This doesn’t mean that you have to sit like a Buddha! It can be as simple as focusing on your breath for a few minutes or closing your eyes to find stillness or to listen to the sound of nature around you. It is all about quietening a busy mind and bringing the focus back to being in the present moment.

MINDFULNESS

Mindfulness is the concept of being fully present in the moment on purpose, in a non-judgmental way. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without getting caught up in them. You learn to focus your awareness on the present moment, and you become more aware of your thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations.

It is a way of moving from subconscious auto-pilot thoughts and behaviours to being consciously aware of them, which then enables you to take back control and have the power to change them. It also creates a greater mind and body connection, as in modern living, many people tend to live in their head only.

The key to embodying daily mindfulness practice is to turn into a keen observer, using the five senses (sound, smell, sight, taste, and touch) to ground yourself, and be more in your body, in the present moment, enhancing your experiences with the world around you. To use the power of the breath to eliminate mental chatter and outer distraction.

Mindfulness is a skill that takes time and practice to develop but you can practice mindfulness anytime and anywhere. You can also practice mindfulness when doing things such as walking, eating, or working. With regular practice, you can learn to be more present in your life and experience the benefits that mindfulness has to offer. It has been shown to have a number of benefits for both physical and mental health, such as reducing stress and anxiety, and improving focus and concentration.  It can also improve sleep, your mood, boost the immune system.

MEDITATION

Meditating

Meditation is about deep reflection and is a wonderful deep relaxing process of silencing the busy mind. I feel it is an essential tool for helping us to be the best version of ourselves and promote inner peace, balance and harmony.  Even 5 minutes of closed eye times, with a focus on the breath, can have profound effects on the body internally.

 It teaches us how to listen to our own inner voice, and as such, provides with valuable life guidance. It allows us to appreciate being in the moment, and to be in a state of appreciation and awareness of everything and everyone around us. It also helps to maintain optimum health for the body, strengthens the immune and respiratory systems and helps us to manage stress.

Meditation is a wonderful way to have clarity and focus, and it gives answers to issues that may be presenting in our lives. You get a much clearer perspective. The things that you focus on in your meditation practice start to manifest as you give those issues your complete undistracted focus.  Remember always that energy follows thought.  The answers and insights come through loud and clear as you have slowed down the trivial chatter of the day which drowns out your guidance system.

In meditation certain things happen to the body. Brain chemistry and brain waves change which in turn effects changes all over the body.  Stress is a negative state of being, and being in a chronic state of stress for a long period weakens the immune system and makes us vulnerable to illnesses as our defense systems break up.  Meditation helps keeps the mind and body in balance, and therefore strengthens the immune system.

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