Mindfulness for Happiness
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a way of bringing your intention to pay attention to the present moment. Mindfulness is available to us in every moment. To be in the present right here right now. Techniques like mindful moment practices, meditation, and breathing are part of training. This slowing down of the mind and body and is a way to help people to become more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and body sensations. Instead of being overwhelmed by them they’re better able to manage them. Practising mindfulness can give more insight into emotions, boost attention and concentration, and improve relationships.
Mindfulness meditation asks us to suspend judgement and unleash our natural curiosity about the workings of our mind and bodies bringing in a whole new experience and opening us to a warmth a kindness and gentleness to ourselves and others.
What are the benefits of Mindfulness?
- A greater connection with the body, thereby being able to act better in it’s interests.
- Improved personal relationships, as mindfulness helps place a check on automatic reactions; it also enables us to listen more effectively.
- A greater acceptance of troublesome thoughts and emotions. Mindfulness also allows us to let go of these before they can develop and have a negative impact on us.
- There is growing medical evidence that regular meditation makes positive improvements to the way the brain works and also other aspects of the body.
- Improvements to memory, concentration and cognitive ability.
- A dramatic reduction in levels of stress and anxiety.
- An improved ability to fall to sleep at night.
- An improved relationship with pain brought about by learning how to accept the pain and become more at peace with it instead of being locked in constant struggle.
- A general feeling of well-being calmer more tolerant at ease and more peaceful within.
- A rise in productivity brought about by being able to deal with distractions more effectively.
- Increased creativity brought about by being able to let go of doubts that otherwise might be a hindrance to creativity.
Who Can benefit From Practising Mindfulness?
Mindfulness can be practiced by children, young people and adults. It is a recommended treatment for people of all ages.
“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally”
– Jon Kabat-Zinn (founder of Mindfulness)