“You have a treasure within you that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.”
– Eckhart Tolle
Counselling > What is Mindfulness
“Paying attention in a particular way: on purpose,
in the present moment, and non-judgmentally”
- Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness has been an integral part of the Eastern philosophies such as Buddhism and Taoism, and has gained popularity in Western psychology in the recent years. Clinical research supports effectiveness of Mindfulness in reducing stress, enhancing psychological health, especially in anxiety and depression, increasing self-awareness, and handling painful thoughts or feelings in a better way.
Have you ever tried to observe your breath for a couple of minutes? I was given this task in my first meditation course. To my surprise and frustration, I wasn’t able to focus on my breath more than a few seconds without my mind drifting to past memories or future thoughts. My “monkey mind”, as my meditation teacher S.N. Goenka referred to it, was jumping from one thought to another without any logical pattern.
Left to itself, the mind wanders through all kinds of thoughts, including thoughts expressing anger, craving, depression, revenge, self-pity, etc. As we indulge in these kind of thoughts, we reinforce those emotions, causing more suffering.
Mostly these thoughts are about the past or future. The past no longer exists. The future is just a fantasy until it happens. The one moment we can experience — the present moment — is actually where change and growth happen.
In mindfulness, we notice what is happening in the present moment. We observe our thoughts without fully identifying with them, and become aware of their changing nature.
Mindfulness is an emotionally non-reactive state. By realising that we are not our thoughts, we start making conscious choices rather than having habitual reactions based on our past experiences ("auto-pilot mode"). The idea is not to control or suppress the thoughts, but rather hold them in awareness in a non-judgmental way.
Recognise automatic and habitual thoughts and reactions
Be fully present in
Reduce the impact of stressful thoughts and feelings
Become more balanced and
less emotionally volatile
Manage self defeating thought processes effectively
Manage anxiety or depression effectively
Improve your relationships
Join our donation based Mindfulness Workshops to learn and cultivate present moment awareness. Register on Meetup to book your seat!
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