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You will hear the term mindfulness in many conversations these days. People are talking about mindfulness in the board room, at retreat seminars, at coaching events, at sporting training camps, in the school classroom, you will even hear people discussing mindfulness at dinner parties. Mindfulness has become so common place a topic these days, and rightly so, due to the benefits it can offer each and every one of us, mindfulness is for everybody.
The practice of mindfulness has become very popular in the western world in recent times as a means of handling our emotions and hence situations, whether personal or within a group setting. In this context mindfulness is defined as moment-by-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, characterized mainly by an acceptance of what we observe through our thoughts and feelings rather than judging whether they are right or wrong. Mindfulness focuses our brain on what is being sensed at each moment within that moment, rather than our normal analysis of those thoughts and feelings and their possible causes and consequences, based on our past or on our future. With the practice of mindfulness we remain in the moment, passively observing thoughts and feelings as they pass through us.
Is mindfulness something new?
Mindfulness has been around for a very long time. Buddhists have been applying mindfulness to their daily lives for centuries, it’s roots are in the practice of meditation. The popularity of mindfulness as a secular practice in the western world is in part due the work of Jon Kabet-Zinn and his Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, launched in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Since then, several clinical studies have been undertaken. Some of the recorded beneficial effects, include stress reduction, relaxation, and improvements to quality of life.
Studies have been undertaken into the benefits of practicing mindfulness meditation in helping people with depression. A mindfulness practice allows the individual to notice when automatic processes are occurring and to alter their reaction to be more of a reflection.
Research additionally supports the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation upon reducing cravings for substances that people are addicted to.
If you want to find out more about any of the topics outlined above, I would recommend researching online as you will find numerous articles written about each piece of research.
An exercise for you to try in mindfulness meditation.
Use this nature sounds video soundscape to practice mindfulness meditation. When you set the video playing, focus all of your attention on the video, hear the nature sounds as they are and witness the image of the small clump of wild garlic as it is, exclude the sounds and images of the space around you, focus on this video only. Try to remain present with the sounds and images presented in the video, don’t attach any emotions or feelings to what you see and hear. Just observe, do this for several minutes or as long as you comfortably can.
Now take a short break and this time allow yourself to be completely absorbed in the video for several minutes, feel the cool breeze as it passes through this small clump of wild garlic I filmed in a beautiful native Irish woodland. Hear the birdsong around you, also, if you can imagine the scent of a forest on a warm early summers day. Imagine yourself sitting beneath an old oak tree looking at this scene as you listen to these soothing nature sounds. Become emotionally attached to what you see and hear.
You should notice quite a difference between these two exercises, with practice, during the first you should feel nothing, you are just observing, whereas in the second if you enjoy nature and leave yourself open to your thoughts and feelings you will feel quite strong positive emotions. This exercise will show you that you can witness what happens around you in different ways.
By observing only, you don’t take on the energy (positive or negative) of what occurs around you, whereas in the second exercise you allowed yourself to feel and think about what you witnessed.
You can learn to use this technique to prevent yourself taking on the negative energy of certain situations which over time can build up as stress within your body and mind, which can ultimately lead to illness.
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