What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness involves repeatedly coming back to our experience in this moment. By living more in the present moment , we can skillfully navigate through our day with great clarity, flexibility and awareness. We can be mindful while carrying out any of our daily actions.
- Washing the dishes
- Listening to a colleague
- At work
- Reading a book
- Time with your family
Basically, anything you do can be done ‘mindfully’ as compared to doing it on ‘autopilot’. This is where you may be physically present, but in your head, you are somewhere else. Somewhere else is far too often:
- Worrying about the future
- Ruminating about the past
- Being stressed and anxious
- Feeling overwhelmed
Mindfulness can be broken down into two parts, your formal practice and your informal practice. Your formal practice is your actual Meditation. You can do this sitting, lying down, walking etc. Your informal practice is you being ‘mindful’ throughout the day. So for example, you do a sitting meditation for 10 minutes, you now have the rest of the day to be ‘mindful’.
Mindfulness is something we all have. We have just clouded it over by living far too much in our heads.
“Oh, I don’t have time for that sort of thing. I’m far too busy with work and everyday life”.
What I do have time for is, trying to deal with all these thoughts going on in my head. These worrying, anxious, stressful thoughts that keep popping into my head day after day after day. In fact, I’m so good at this that I’m on the verge of burn out. But I still don’t have time to look after the most important person in my life….myself.
When the joy of life is being sapped from you slowly day after day.
When your thoughts, emotions and behaviour reflect that of someone who is not ‘living life’, isn’t it time to stop and say enough is enough.
Mindfulness and meditation can bring you on a journey of ‘coming home to yourself.’ We all have the inner resources of happiness, joy and contentment. But years of ‘conditioned thoughts’ have clouded over these innate states. We seek happiness in the external, money, clothes, cars and the big house are no good if we don’t have inner peace, love and compassion for ourselves and all living things on this planet.
Mindfulness offers us freedom. Freedom to choose to live in the present moment, the only time anyone can actually live. Mindfulness offers us awareness and clarity in our everyday lives. Helping us to put things into perspective. The training and mediations Inward Bound Mindfulness will give you, form the foundation from which you can build and cultivate your mindfulness practice.
Don’t put off starting a mindfulness practice until sometime in the future. That’s like saying you are going to postpone your happiness because you are just too busy at the moment. I’ll be happy sometime in the future……
Benefits of Mindfulness
Scientific research has proven that mindfulness can have enormous benefits for us.
But one might think it is selfish to spend time being mindful and meditating in the midst of a busy life. When you look at the benefits of mindfulness, you would have to ask yourself ‘why would I not start a mindfulness practice’.
- Inner peace
- Clarity of mind
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Increased happiness levels
- Having a more positive outlook
- Lowered blood pressure
- Increased immune function
- Boost resilience
- Reduced worry and rumination
- Better sleep
- More creative
- and much more.
Inward Bound Mindfulness’s mission is to teach mindfulness to people so they can find their way back to all that is good about being human and to living a life that is authentic and balanced.
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