Mind Full or Mindful
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is actively opening your attention on the present. This practice allows you to observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them for bad or good. It allows you to live in the moment and awakens you to experience.
How to practice mindfulness.
To begin, sit comfortably in a straight-backed chair or on the floor. Then bring your focus to your breathing, allowing your breath to take place. Become aware of the of air flowing through your nostrils and out of your mouth, or your stomach rising and falling as you inhale and exhale.
Mindfulness can be practised in other ways such as walking, eating, or almost anywhere that you are consciously being aware of a mindful attitude.
There are many benefits to practising mindfulness, and in recent years, more and more psychotherapists have turned to this as an important tool in the treatment of depression, anxiety, eating disorders and substance abuse.
Here are 5 reasons why mindfulness practice can work wonders for you.
- Anxiety reduction – Daily mindfulness sessions cultivate a clear state of mind. By focusing on the here and now, people who practice mindfulness find that they are less likely to feel anxious about the future or replay events from the past.
- Pause for Perspective – Mindfulness practice allows you to press the pause button on life, to let the dust settle for a moment and allow other points of view to emerge.
- Self-acceptance – During mindfulness, people can learn to accept their experiences, no matter how painful, rather than react to them with aversion and avoidance.
- An attitude of gratitude – Being mindful makes it easier to savour the pleasures of life as they occur, helps you become more engaged in activities, and creates a greater capacity to deal with unwanted events.
- Mind blowing – Mindfulness meditation enhances brain function. It is known to soothe parts of the brain that produce stress hormones and builds the areas that lift the mood. It also builds in the areas associated with self-control, attention, self-awareness and empathy.
There is a misconception that mindfulness is a difficult skill, one that requires years of practice to be effective, but even beginners see the benefits from mindfulness at Fountainhead Retreat, and skill levels only improve over time.
Mindfulness therapy sessions are just one of the many modules taught during a program at The Fountainhead Retreat. For more information or to discuss a tailor-made program to help with anxiety, depression, eating disorders or drug and alcohol addiction, please Contact Us or call 1300 294 290 to speak to one of our consultants.