Mindfulness simply means being aware, mindful and present to all that is around us. Practising mindfulness is not easy and most of us these days have to learn to 'Be Mindful' in all we do, say and think.
The Practice of Mindfulness
There are several ways we can learn mindfulness, attend sessions with a practitioner on a one to one basis, go on an intense mindfulness training programme or even get away on a retreat. Once we have learned the basic principles we then need to practise them regularly. You will learn how to meditate, use all your senses whilst walking, eating, working and become more and more present. You will discover the benefits through your practice.
How to practice mindfulness:
One of the best ways to learn mindfulness is to attend a mindfulness programme which includes the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) techniques created by Jon Kabat-Zinn, like Suzy's.
Evidence has shown that it can be an effective aid in the treatment of many mental and physical health conditions such as stress, anxiety and even mild depression as well as generally improving our performance, relationships, and well-being.
Regular Group Attendance
Most of us learn new things fairly quickly when we are interested and passionate about them and they are of great benefit to us. However studies show that we soon return to our old habits and habitual ways and forget to continue to do new things we have learned. One way to keep practising the things that help us stay mentally and physically fit is to have a support group. This is why I advise my students to keep attending mindfulness classes once they have learned all the techniques.
We hold regular 2 weekly sessions and keep learning and practising together.