|Posted by kevanowen on April 8, 2014 at 4:05 PM|
Mindfulness has been practiced for thousands of years in both eastern and western spiritual and philosophical traditions. It has also been given a new lease of life in the 21st century because scientific studies are showing that it is a very effective method of stress reduction and a way of enhancing mental clarity.
There is some overlap between Hypnosis and Mindfulness because they are both ways of consciously directing attention. Hypnosis is a process of becoming absorbed in a particular idea or image similar to what happens when you dream, and it’s usually done with a particular aim in mind, such as reliving emotional distress or encouraging behaviour change. Mindfulness is more about noticing what is taking place in the here and now, which helps us to step out of "automatic pilot" mode. When practiced regularly it can act as a form of preventative medicine akin to physical exercise. When you exercise your muscles they become stronger and you become fitter. When you exercise the “mental muscle” of focused attention, that becomes stronger as well and you develop the capacity to have a clear head when you need it, to surf the waves of emotion and to be more resilient in the face of stress.
We are being mindfully aware when we are really noticing, with friendly interest, whatever is going on right now. This state of mind is inherently de-stressing and when it is practiced regularly it helps us to be more resilient in the face of difficulties. It also intensifies the enjoyment we get from life.
From time to time I lead a series of one-hour workshops with the title Exploring Mindfulness. These are designed for anyone who wishes to learn some simple mindfulness practices that can be easily incorporated into everyday life.
For further information about these and future sessions contact Kevan on 07717 289373.