To be mindful means to be fully present in the here-and-now.
Whether you are watching a sunset, doing the dishes or facing a tough day, you give friendly attention to the current moment.
We can only experience the here-and-now. Not the past, not the future. Whatever is happening, whatever you think, feel or do, this is your life in this very moment. Being mindful means that you give it your full attention, with an open and friendly attitude, reserving judgement. Living the full castastrophe as Jon Kabat-Zinn calls it.
Making conscious choices
We can often find ourselves on auto-pilot. Getting up, doing work, reaching for the phone, even spending time with family and friends. The auto-pilot can help you to get done what needs doing. But some automatic reactions can create problems, stress and dissatisfaction, leading you to feel stuck in the same loop.
Mindfulness helps you to turn off the auto-pilot and to step back in the driver seat. When you become aware of your reactions and of the situation you are in, there is often much more possible than you thought. Being mindful means that you can make conscious decissions, leading your life in the direction you want.
On a journey of discovery
When cultivating mindfulness, you develop an open and curious attitude. You become aware of your thoughts and feelings, of what is happening in your body and in the world around you. You gain some freedom from ruminations, strong emotions and discomfort. Experiences are embedded in a wider awareness and loose their pulling force. A growing perspective helps you to see patterns and possibilities. Stress can be spotted at an earlier stage and it becomes easier to respect your boundaries. Practicing mindfulness helps you to take good care of you, and to open up new avenues in your life.
Benefits of mindfulness
Many researches show that mindfulness can improve quality of life. Cognitive and neuro-biological functions can improve. But on top of that mindfulness can change the way you see yourself and your world. This will empower you to change your responses and initiate positive changes in your life.
Results of practicing:
+ Develop awareness of thoughts, feelings and responses.
+ Widen your perspective on challenges.
+ Develop equinimity and compassion.
+ Enjoy life consciously and more intense.
+ Increase your energy and use it more effectively.
You also learn
+ To deal effectively with stress and setbacks.
+ To focus and stop rumination.
+ To see your boundaries and treat them with respect.
+ To look after yourself in a friendly and supportive way.
You can experience a reduction in
– Stress symptoms like high bloodpressure and tension.
– Fatigue and issues with sleep.
– Anxiety and depression.
– Mental issues linked to illness and difficulties.
Why doing an 8 week course?
Mindfulness is as natural as breathing. But that does not mean that it is easy. Many of us forgot to live in the moment. Understanding this is not enough. Mindfulness is a way of being, an attitude that can be developed. And just like learning to play the piano: you learn by doing. Mindfulness grows through practicing with the right attitude. The eight week course is designed to give mindfulness a solid base in your daily life.