“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.” ― Jon Kabat-Zinn
What benefits can you expect from learning mindful-based technique?
What is Mindfulness?
If you have done any kind of personal development, martial arts, yoga, pilates or exercises such as meditation which incorporate mind-body-spirit, you will probably have come across some form of mindful-type practice.
It has Buddhist origins dating back over 2,500 years and is also called visualisation, presence (being in the now), listening ‘with awareness’, focused relaxation and breath-work.
Mindfulness is experiencing a revival because the business and sporting community have become more aware of it in recent years, which has led to more research and publicity. So it’s benefits have become more widely documented.
I have been incorporating mindful-type exercises and practices into my work and daily life for 26 years because they work.
Mindful-type practices have helped me in every area of my life over the years.
How has mindfulness helped me?
- deal better with situations that can make me anxious (like public speaking) and stay calmer under pressure
- able to tune out my thinking and emotions when I have important decisions to make – hear my inner voice/intuition more clearly
- connect with my son and be a better parent
- regulate pain during childbirth
- listen to my body to stay healthy and strong
- see into the core of people rather than what’s around the outside, resulting in closer relationships with deeper trust and openness – I feel really ‘connected’ to others
- more confidence, on track with the big picture of my life, mostly peaceful with my choices/my past
- sound more ‘me’ when I speak to people. I’m fine with who I am
- helped me to incorporate the spiritual aspect of myself into everyday life.
- Feel calmer, more alert
- Find it easier to focus, have better concentration
- Better at gaining perspective and more emotionally resilient
- Find it easier to relax, cope better with stressful situations
- Easier to empathise with others and greater self-empathy
More life benefits:
- More able to enjoy the present moment and find happiness in it
- Easier to notice negative patterns of behaviour/thoughts and stop them
- Easier to tap into intuition/inner voice
- Deal better with change – more adaptable
- Get to know yourself better – more self-awareness
- More receptive than just reactive.
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