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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Health and Well-being



What is Mindfulness?

Often when we are stressed or struggling in life with sadness, pain, illness or any other difficulty, we can feel out of control, overwhelmed, agitated and unable to put our situation into perspective. We believe that we have no choice to bring about effective change and stay stuck.

The coping mechanisms we use often exacerbate the situation in which we find ourselves. We use all kinds of strategies to avoid our feelings, and our negative thoughts tend to carry us down a path of automatic pilot. We often find ourselves caught up in the past or projected into the future and rarely connect to the present moment.

By contrast, through meditation and adopting a mindfulness approach to living, we are learning to pay moment-to-moment attention to the breath, the body, the mind and the world around us in a way that is more compassionate, less defensive and non judgemental. Instead of using energy and attention in the struggle to get rid of our difficulties, we learn to be more gentle with ourselves, to give ourselves a break, and learn to simply be with our direct experience, as it is. This shift in awareness and attitude can enable us to respond to the problem with renewed focus, wisdom and confidence.

When we are mindful, we are able to be fully present with our lives and our relationships with others in a more accepting and less critical way. This can generate energy, clarity and joy.

Mindfulness can help you to:

  • Use your awareness to deal more effectively with stress

  • Choose your reactions as opposed to being enslaved to them

  • Develop breathing techniques to find a stable centre

  • Connect with a place of inner calm in the midst of pressure

  • Develop clarity and focus when you feel overwhelmed

  • Improve self esteem

  • Improve your relationships with others

  • Improve your health and well-being

  • Develop an increased sense of aliveness and energy

  • Enjoy life more