Staying in the moment – remain in the moment
‘Mindfulness’ is a hot topic in Western psychology: increasingly recognised as an effective way to reduce stress, increase self-awareness, enhance emotional intelligence, and effectively handle painful thoughts and feelings.
Although mindfulness has only recently been embraced by Western psychology, it is an ancient practice found in a wide range of Eastern philosophies, including Buddhism, Taoism and Yoga. Mindfulness involves consciously bringing awareness to your here-and-now experience with openness, interest, and receptiveness. Jon Kabat-Zinn, a world authority on the use of mindfulness training in the management of clinical problems, defines it as: “Paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”
Mindfulness is about waking up, connecting with ourselves, and appreciating the fullness of each moment of life. Kabat-Zinn calls it, “The art of conscious living.” It is a profound way to enhance psychological and emotional resilience, and increase life satisfaction.
The Benefits of Mindfulness
- Non-Judgmental: Allows people to formulate their own answers.
- Self-awareness: Physical, mental & emotional well-being. To be connected to yourself, to others and to the world around you.
- Positivity instead of negativity.
- Being aware of what’s happening moment to moment. Paying attention on purpose in the present moment – totally aware of what is happening now.
- Happiness in life: choosing to be positive – enjoying every minute of life. Paying attention to all aspects of life as they unfold in the present moment.
- To have more balance and to be less emotionally vulnerable.
- Experience more calm and peacefulness in life.
- Develop self-acceptance and self-compassion.
- Improve focus and concentration.
- Reduce the impact and influence of stressful thoughts and feelings.
- Become aware of self-defeating thought process, and ‘LET THEM GO’.
- Facilitate better relationships.
It has been clinically proven to benefit a wide range of clinical disorders, including chronic pain, anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD, OCD, to name but a few.
As a Hypnotherapist & Life Coach, it has helped me to stay focused in the present, and to remain composed, yet empathetic to the emotional turmoil of my clients. There are many books and CD’s on the subject of Mindfulness, that are well worth a read.