Mindfulness means “paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.” – Jon Kabat Zinn (Founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction). It is a way of paying attention to the present moment. It’s about being present with what we are doing and being efficient with what we are doing. It is being aware and practicing non-judgement. It helps you to become more aware of your thoughts and feelings and to deal with them in a positive way; instead of feeling overwhelmed by them, you are able to manage them constructively. It is a skill that can be developed through practice and can involve using techniques like meditation, conscious breathing and yoga.
And it really works! This Oxford University study showed that people who practiced mindfulness for one month experienced up to a fifty percent reduction in anxiety levels, depression and stress. Harvard, Oxford and Stanford Universities offer mindfulness courses. Mindfulness meditation is not just a trend but a proven method for success.
What are the benefits of practicing mindfulness?
The benefits of mindfulness are many. Regular practitioners experience an increased sense of well-being and become less reactive but rather more responsive.
Regular practice can:
- help you deal with stress in a more positive way.
- make you feel more in control and give you self-confidence.
- may help with depression and anxiety.
- can help you to be more productive, calm and creative.
- have a positive effect on physical problems such as hypertension and heart disease.
- can make you a happier person and a nicer person to be with.
If you like the sound of that then you could enroll in Jamila’s mindfulness course in Richmond or online and find out how to bring mindfulness into your life.
The Mindfulness Journey
Mindfulness is for everyone – even you!