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Being mindful, we are waking up to what our senses are telling us. 
 
 
Cultivating non-judging awareness can change the pattens of our relationships. 
 
 
Being mindful, we let go of struggle and simply allow things to be as they are. 
 
 
When we turn towards our experience, we can wake up to details we've missed for many years. 
 
 
Sometimes mindfulness is described as seeing clearly. 

Mindfulness 

When we are being mindful, we are choosing to notice the details of our experience, just as they are in this moment and without judging or trying to change them in the first instance. 
Mindfulness offers a way of understanding both the joy and inherent difficulty of being human. As we live our lives in this body/mind that evolution has shaped, mindfulness allows us to respond skillfully to habitual tendencies, and live our lives more fully and with greater ease. 
As human beings we have much in common, but we are also individuals, with different experiences, behaviours and attitudes. Mindfulness offers a path that meets us just as we are, helping us to find our own way. 
 
Do you find yourself thinking the same things over and over again and can’t find the off button for thinking! Then mindfulness is the off button for you! 

What is Mindfulness? 

Mindfulness practice has been around for centuries, but it’s a hot topic these days and with good reason. Mindfulness, with its roots in the Buddhist tradition, has been the focus of much scientific research in the last thirty years, and is increasingly being used to treat a variety of both mental and physical conditions. 
 
So what is it? Simply put, mindfulness is the practice of focusing your attention on the present moment and appreciating and accepting it, without judgement. It’s a way of being present in the moment, as opposed to being preoccupied with your to-do list, or last night’s difficult conversation with your partner/boss. It’s also a way to connect back to yourself, and the life you are in, instead of being lost in the past or future, as so often happens in the haste of our busy days. 
 
Being mindful is actually something that we all did very naturally when we were small children. When we are being mindful, we are choosing to notice the details of our experience, just as they are in this moment and without judging or trying to change them in the first instance. Sometimes mindfulness is described as seeing clearly. 
 
When we begin to practice mindfulness, it often comes as a surprise to find that our minds are usually somewhere other than the present moment. We frequently spend our time thinking about the future: what we are going to be doing next. Planning or anticipating events, maybe even worrying or analysing. 
 
Or we may think about the past, remembering and processing experiences that have already happened to us. This is what the mind does - its perfectly normal - but it means that we often miss the experience of being here in this now moment. 
Being mindful, we let go of struggle and simply allow things to be as they are. 
Often we go through life on Automatic pilot. Rarely do we stop to really pay attention to what is going on around us. Mindfulness helps us to see clearly what is going on in our lives. Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non- judgementally. 
 
Training our attention and developing awareness gives us the power to choose what is best for ourselves. Mindfulness enables you to go beneath the surface level of moment-to-moment life experience, which is clouded with thought and emotions, to clearly see the truth of what is happening. The untrained mind is just the opposite of mindfulness. It is often described as “monkey mind” because it is continually distracted by one thought, emotion, or body sensation after another. The monkey mind repeatedly identifies with the surface experience and gets lost in it. The insights that arise through mindfulness release the mind from getting caught in such reactivity and can even stop the cycle from beginning. 
 
Have you found yourself driving on autopilot following a well-trodden route when, instead, you were supposed to be going somewhere else. Most of the time we are running on autopilot. Mindfulness lets us choose where to focus our attention, opening ourselves to details of experience that we may have missed for years. When we are operating from auto pilot, we tend to react habitually without access to the fuller picture. But by noticing all the surrounding detail at any given time, we can avail ourselves of a greater range of choices when it comes to dealing with our experience. Our habitual patterns of behavior can also cause us problems. These habits may be outmoded, but because of their automatic nature we are unaware of this fact, think of it as wearing clothes that you've long outgrown! 
 
Mindfulness training helps us to be more aware of how we think, feel and react to conditions, which seem outside our control. With mindfulness we can be open-minded, receptive and adaptive to what is actually happening, choosing to become aware of self-limiting behavior. When we get trapped inside the box of our habits of thinking, feeling and acting, not only do we lose our ability to be adaptive and creative but we also lose our connection with life itself. Mindfulness gives us the tools to rediscover the richness of experience and to gain more freedom within our lives, through the cultivation of awareness. Awareness = choice = Freedom. Not only does mindfulness help us skillfully navigate the challenges of often frantic daily life, mindfulness gives us the opportunity to live life with meaning and purpose. 
 
 
I will be running MBSR (Mindfulness based stress reduction) - 8 week course in May '16' 
 
Being mindful, we are waking up to what our senses are telling us. 
 
 
 
 
Mindfulness is a natural awareness that we all have, which we can develop more deeply and helpfully in our daily lives, enabling us to live life more fully. When we practice mindfulness we are choosing to be more present in our lives. Coming back to the fullness of the present moment, we come back to ourselves. 
 
Increasing your capacity for mindfulness makes it easier to enjoy the pleasurable moments in life, while also helping you engage more fully in the activities that make up your daily life. It increases your sense of well-being, mentally and physically. This increased sense of well-being includes a greater capacity to enjoy life, as well as deal with the challenges and adversities that come your way. It can also enhance your relationships with others, enabling you to be a better listener, more fully present, more “here.”  
In the area of psychotherapy, some therapists, myself included, incorporate mindfulness meditation as a component in their treatment of problems such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and eating disorders. Scientific studies show that a mindfulness practice can help to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, improve sleep and help reduce chronic pain. Scientists who study such things have found that being more mindful helps people to be happier, and who doesn’t want that? 
 
Sounds good, right? If the idea of a mindfulness practice appeals to you and you would like to learn more, there are lots of relatively easy ways to do that. Here are a few: I run Mindfulness stress reduction courses (MBSR). In addition to this I run workshops, and groups based around all aspects of Mindfulness, and Compassion. I could teach you on a one-to-one basis if that feels more appropriate. You could choose to work with me therapeutically in my role as Psychotherapist/Counsellor. There are also many books available that teach mindfulness, which can be a great first step. 
Mindfulness helps you see your life differently, change unhelpful patterns & experience more choice 
Mindfulness is a way of being with and attending to experience with awareness rather than judgement. It is about learning to bring a sense of acceptance to the present moment, just as it is; however pleasant or unpleasant, easy or difficult it may be. 
 
Mindfulness is also a practice and life skill, a set of tools to develop insight, clarity and discernment into the vast range of feelings, sensations and thoughts that comprise the human condition. 
 
Mindfulness helps you to become more aware of the unhelpful thought patterns that can trigger and perpetuate stress, anxiety and low moods. With that awareness comes choice and an improved ability to respond skilfully to life’s hurdles. 
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