What is Mindfulness?
I offer one-to-one Mindfulness Coaching to individuals. You may be new to Mindfulness practice or you may want to improve your existing practice.
People who practice regularly often find that they:
How do we do it?
There are two elements to Mindfulness practice. There is the daily discipline of sitting for a period of time (10, 20, 30 minutes or more) purposefully following the breath. We call this formal practice, or Mindfulness meditation. It’s a bit like going to the gym where we build the muscles of the mind. Then there is the informal practice when we notice the present moment throughout the day. For example, we may be eating or walking down the street. The daily formal practice is so important because it supports us in being more mindful in everyday life.
There are opportunities everywhere to be more mindful. In fact, there is not a moment that goes past when we cannot practice Mindfulness. You may be having a cup of tea, doing the ironing, driving to work, using the photocopier, sending a text. There is no such thing as the right moment. You simply choose which moment.
Whilst practicing Mindfulness it is quite normal to be distracted by thoughts of having to unload the dishwasher or pick the kids up from school. The idea is not to push these thoughts away but to notice them, allow them to come and then allow them to go. The mind will wander – that is what it does. We are not trying to never think again but give the mind a break from all the hard work it does. Imagine how much more efficient it will be with some good quality rest.
So Mindfulness gives us the time to simply be and to engage more fully with our lives. It is a practice that takes discipline and dedication but the benefits can be life changing.
I offer one-to-one Mindfulness coaching from my therapy room in Camberley, as well as Mindfulness workshops.
You can download guided Mindfulness exercises here
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