Do you wrestle with your thoughts as you lie in bed at night? You’re desperately trying to get to sleep but you can’t seem to quieten your mind, and then you start worrying about how tired you’re going to be in the morning!
So much of our lives is taken up with stress and exhaustion these days. It’s not what happens to you that causes this – but how you react to it. Mindfulness helps you to understand how the mind works and the impact it has on your body and mood. Mindfulness techniques help you realise that the peace and contentment you’re looking for is already within you. It helps you to reconnect to this lost part of you and start feeling like yourself again.
So what is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is about living in the present moment instead of in your head, either ruminating about what happened in the past or worrying about what the future holds. Its about paying attention to what is happening right now without making any judgement.
Numerous psychological studies have shown that people who meditate regularly are on average happier and more content with their lives. It’s these positive emotions that are linked to living a longer and healthier life.
Debbie is a qualified mindfulness teacher and has been practicing it herself for many years. Offering courses in learning mindful techniques and using them for best effect, Debbie is keen to reduce those sleepless nights and stressful days.
Try this one minute meditation
1. Sit erect in a straight backed chair.If possible, bring your back a little away from the chair so that your spine is self-supporting. Your feet can be flat on the floor. Close your eyes and lower your gaze.
2. Focus your attention on your breath as it flows in and out of your body. Stay in touch with the different sensations of each in breath and the following out breath. Observe the breath without looking for anything special to happen. There is no need to alter your breath in any way.
3. After a while your mind may wander. When you notice this, gently bring your attention back to your breath, without giving yourself a hard time – the act of realising your mind has wandered and bringing your attention back without criticising yourself is central to the practice of mindful meditation.
4. Your mind may eventually become calm like a still pond -or it may not. Even if you get the sense of absolute stillness, it may only be fleeting too. Whatever happens, just allow it to be as it is.
5. After a minute, let your yes open and take in the room again.
The next 6 week mindfulness course for individuals starts on the 23rd March 2016 for 6 consecutive weeks. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org