Mindfulness means awareness in its simplest translation. Mindfulness is a way of paying attention, in the present moment and being aware of what is happening in your mind and body, as well as in the external environment. Mindfulness raises your awareness so that rather than operating on autopilot you are conscious of the whole of your present experience and therefore more able to choose which way we want to respond.

Rooted in the ancient art of meditation, Mindfulness can be learned and practiced by anyone. Mindfulness offers a new approach, allowing you to relax more easily and have a greater enthusiasm for life.  

Research indicates that mindfulness practice has many potential benefits including:

  • Enhancing concentration and the ability to focus
  • Improve awareness of self and others
  • Increase emotional intelligence and the ability to regulate emotions
  • Improve working memory
  • Disengage from less useful cognitive processes in particular worrying
  • Enhancing learning and performance

Mindfulness practice uses the immediate experiences of the moment, including the movement of the breath, sensations in the body, physical movements, sounds, smells and tastes, in order to facilitate a more stabilised way of relating to our inner and outer experiences. 

Cultivating Mindful awareness can help you to work directly with day-to-day challenges, turning towards them instead of reacting against them. In this way you can discover opportunities or solutions that become more visible and available.  

Awareness is like a spotlight and what it illuminates, streams in to your mind.  So by developing Mindfulness Awareness you are able to take control, which is the most powerful way to shape your brain and remain focussed.  Focussed attention builds up grey matter in the brain that increases the ability to remember, no matter what age you are.  The grey matter of the Hippocampus part of the brain relates to learning skills and memory.  

Teaching Mindfulness techniques to school children reduces their anxiety and stress levels during exam time and improves their overall psychological and emotional wellbeing. 

I have an Advanced Teaching qualification with Breathworks, in Mindfulness for Stress and Mindfulness for Health.  

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