We live in very fast-paced, disruptive, confusing times right now, where things are moving more quickly than many of us are able to digest, discern or process.
There are many questions we cannot answer: when this will end, or what our lives, the social fabric and our world will look like when it does.
Such challenges can trigger us into feeling anxiety, depression, fear, burnout, panic attacks, rage, overwhelm and stress.
We may be experiencing PTSD, anguish, shock, disappointment, despair, regret, lack of motivation and powerlessness.
We might be dealing with issues relating to enforced isolation, loneliness, crises in relationships and partners, important life decisions, losses and transitions.
We could be facing significant health issues and sleep problems.
We could feel paralyzed by fear and indecision and experiencing a lack of focus, direction, or purpose.
What is Mindfulness:
Mindfulness is a very simple form of meditation for active, full and open attention on the present. Buddhist-based, it is now entirely mainstream and openly embraced in the West as a non-dogmatic, non-religious method to naturally and non-critically observe your thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations to enable enhanced wellbeing.
Mindfulness moves us into engagement, power and awareness with the present moment, neither trapped in the past nor projecting into the future, or engaged in repetitive procrastination, distraction and sabotage. It moves us beyond learned judgments that our thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations are ‘good’ or ‘bad’, and into being more neutral and compassionate with ourselves
The Reported Benefits of Mindfulness
The reported benefits of Mindfulness across all areas of our lives and in many different circumstances are many, inclusive of:
- Reducing stress and anxiety; improving immune system
- More focus and energy; positive emotions; enhanced memory
- Greater sense of ease and perspective; purpose and meaning
- Sleeping better
- Relaxing more; reduces ADD, tech-saturation, stress, depression, PTSD
- Greater self-awareness and wisdom;
- Deeper levels of self-acceptance, altruism, compassion
- Richer and deeper experience of day to day life
- Helping students in the classroom and with their studies
- Improves our relationships
- Studies and articles on the benefits of mindfulness meditation
In Mindfulness Meditation, we come to the understanding that our thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations are all transient. That these come and go continually (like leaves on a river, or traffic on a road) as a very natural part of life, and that we need neither struggle with them, nor be bound by them.
We powerfully come into awareness of negative patterns that do not serve us.
Practicing Mindfulness enables you to feel grounded, present, balanced and empowered within chaos.