Mindful Life

Skills to effectively manage stress and help you lead a more fulfilling life

What is Mindfulness?

 

  • Mindfulness is a way of paying attention, on purpose and non-judgmentally, to what goes on in the present moment in your body, mind, and your wider environment.
  • Mindfulness helps you realize your internal condition – the workings of your mind – without reacting or being directed by it, which is our usual state.

This is an incredibly calming, life-changing experience. A relaxed, more focused you will see life with fresh eyes, undoing mental and physical knots and tensions. And that is just the beginning!

  • Too often, we respond to the events of the day more automatically than we may realize.
    • Training in mindfulness means we start to observe these automatic reactions and control them, choosing our path more deliberately.
    • This can open a creative space and a sense of peace in our moment-by-moment experience.
    • Personal confidence, appreciation, and a sense of having more options dealing with our daily challenges start to unfold.
  • With consistent practice, you can experience happy and contented states of mind more frequently.

There is More!

Mindfulness training is about being present in our life in each moment – warts and all.

  • We learn to look at personal difficulties, outer stress, and the ordinary with fresh eyes and a new attitude.
  • Mindfulness is about being more conscious, the opposite of mystical escapism.
  • We utilize meditation postures such as sitting, lying down or moving to help us see our experiences and understand them more clearly.

  • Mindfulness can be learned and practised by anyone, regardless of religious or cultural background.
  • Considerable scientific evidence links mindfulness to increases in the brain activity that stimulating creativity and happiness while reducing brain activity in areas associated with pain.
  • Millions of people are now using mindfulness skills each day. It is taught in corporations, schools, law courts and government agencies.

The Science

People who regularly practice mindfulness report:

  • New and effective ways to manage stress.
  • Feeling more engaged in their work and relationships.
  • Reduced anxiety.
  • Improvement in their physical, mental, social and emotional states.
  • An increased sense of authority in managing and directing their thoughts, moods and emotions.

MBSR practices are widely accepted in the mental health field in Australia and around the world. Given its evidence bases, many health professionals recommend mindfulness training as a drug-free alternative to psychotherapy or counselling.

Mindfulness is proven to help regular practitioners become calmer, more focused and ultimately more content: happier friends, colleagues, neighbours and loved ones.

Mindfulness training is becoming increasingly available within Australia.