Mindfulness for Life Success in 2018
It’s a new year, so how about a new you?
Most of us are free to move around and do what we like, but is that true for our minds? We tend to associate our thoughts with our sense of self, and according to mindfulness teachings, that is an illusion that leads to suffering.
There is a way to dissociate ourselves from the mind’s chatter. It’s called mindfulness and it is as old as the hills, but often forgotten or ignored in today’s data-driven society. The beautiful truth is that we can separate ourselves from mental anguish, stress, sadness, and all other burdens of the mind by simply stepping outside the mind and observing exclusively what is around us at the present moment.
This is achieved by quieting the mind through traditional practices such as sitting still and focussing on the breath, or walking and concentrating all of our attention on the simple act of putting one foot in front of another. Such practices put us back in touch with present reality. Mindfulness teaches us that there is, in reality, no past and no future – they do not exist. All that really exists is the constantly unfolding present moment. Past and future are constructs of the mind.
So what good is this knowledge? Its main benefit is creating inner peace. When we cease to be pushed and pulled around by thoughts of the past and future, and all the emotions and worry that they bring, we can be truly free to experience the present in all its richness. That means we are happy.
Mindfulness practice makes us aware of our thoughts rather than being wrapped up in them and experiencing them as our reality, instead of what actually is. It becomes possible to observe them as they happen, notice them, and non-judgementally wish them well and return to the present.
Over time, this practice rewires the brain in beneficial ways. Numerous research studies have indicated that the practice of mindfulness is strongly correlated with greater well-being and perceived health. It also leads to improved clarity of thought and better decision-making, and has been mooted and tested as an aid to higher education.
Who wouldn’t want a clearer, happier and better-functioning mind?
Mindfulness courses include:
A 6-week introduction to mindfulness (discounted by 50% until the end of February 2018)