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What is Mindfulness?

on February 22, 2016

There’s been lots of mention of Mindfulness in the press, on the radio and TV … but what is it and how could it benefit you?

Mindfulness is essentially about being fully present in the moment.   Sounds easy … but most of us spend a lot of time worrying about the future or reliving the past.   We ruminate on the ‘What If’s – and this can can be a major cause of stress, anxiety and even depression.

When we’re being mindful, we’re focused on now – ‘What Is’ (not what if).  This takes time … you’re breaking down habits that have built up over a lifetime.

But goodness, it’s worth it!  Mindfulness helps promote a greater sense of calmness that can be useful for daily life – whether you have a stressful job or a generally stressful life.   You gradually develop the ability to step back and see clearly what is really going on rather than just reacting or getting caught up in an endless stream of thoughts.

Mindfulness is also associated with finding a greater sense of happiness. As you practice mindfulness, you find the endless stream of negative thoughts start to diminish as you learn how to keep bringing yourself back to the present moment.

You start to find joy again in the simple things that you’d forgotten how to notice.  And this seems to kick start a more creative way of approaching life – with greater flexibility.

Interested?  Find our more on the next Mindfulness course in Bicester.  I’ve been practicing Mindfulness for many years and it’s really helped me  – both on an everyday basis when everything is going well, and through times of stress and unhappiness.

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