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Mindfulness editorial series

Mindfulness – Talking About It Is Not The Same As Doing It.

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Could Mindfulness make a difference in your life?

 

Most people go through their day planning or remembering what they did but don’t often  pull over, stick on the hand brake and stop in the here and now to smell the roses and that’s such a loss.

 

So many people I meet say “I don’t have time to do that, life is just too short and I have so much to do. Ever heard something similar or said that because you are so stressed out?

 

Well that’s the story most of us create and we ignore it because it’s simpler to just keep going on head down getting on with things the way we usually do hoping we just manage and things improve.

 

Life can be so hectic or that’s what we believe and have been conditioned to say and yes you read that right! But what if that could be different by doing things differently by being more kind to ourselves?

 

Lots of people have heard of mindfulness and there are many opinions of mindfulness out there from a lot of people that have never even read a book or been on a training course about mindfulness. So please beware of well meaning ignorant people with advice based on opinions only.

 

Mindfulness is not going through life constantly floating on a cloud or sitting in bright orange monks robes humming “ommmmm” where you  plan nothing because you must live in the here and now!

 

Mindfulness is a proven scientific approach to greater physical, mental and spiritual well-being that is non religious and secular.

 

How we approach what we do can be done in a mindful way so as not to add time onto our day. Simple subtle shifts can make profound differences in your life by doing things slightly different and with relative ease.

 

A simple way to think of the way we do things that work against us is to think of our thoughts like a ping pong ball. The ball goes forward to the future and back to the past a lot right?

 

This is what’s known as the “doing mode” and has been scientifically proven that our conscious thought is only ever in the present a maximum of 47% which is unhealthy (proven by Harvard University)

 

To be in the “being mode” which is far more healthy we must be fully present and this has amazing restorative properties.

 

For me it’s like opening a tap where negative stress and pressure can drain out. But be assured you don’t have to stay consciously present continually.

 

If you did how would you ever plan anything or remember things?

 

So please remember talking about mindfulness and actually doing mindfulness are two very different things and can be learned with ease by going on training courses, reading books or youtube videoas to name but a few.

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The following video in some way explains how to be more present and not add a second onto your day.

 

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Yes part of mindfulness is non religious meditation but there is also a whole host of other things that make mindfulness easier to do than meditation but they are for other blog posts.

 

Thanks again for blogging with me on mindfulness and I hope this has helped. So keep tuned in for regular blog posts on mindfulness over the coming months.

 

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I regularly arrange mindfulness courses for individuals and also for companies so please contact me for details about how to book now.

 

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Anxiety Busting Tool Kit For Control

Anxiety Busting – Introduction

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When we are anxious our thoughts, feelings and emotions can and do get way out of control and we can often feel overpowered and helpless.

I meet people on a regular basis and help them regain that control and it’s no coincidence that the prevalent word that they use is the word “control” when we speak.

so by helping people see that they can actually influence, disrupt and change these patterns in some way gives people a glimmer of hope and understanding that control is possible and they can and do take it back.

Don’t get me wrong this is not one of those posts that promises the earth and leaves you flat after that. You will have to take part in running your own affairs and driving your own bus again!

So if you stick with me I will show you ways of changing the physical, auditory and visual things that trouble you and help you disrupt those patterns to make room for the things that serve you better!

For some people, they find that hypnotherapy helps them to make the changes.

 

Emotional Freedom Technique – EFT And Tapping

 

How to change the physical effects of anxiety on the body

 

How to change the voices and words in your head

How to change the pictures and movies you play in your head

 

Conclusion

So with the above videos you can influence the physical, auditory and visual aspects of anxiety and you should be able to get some relief and respite from troubling thoughts.

If you have any questions or want to explore this deeper then please get in touch and schedule a free 30 minute consultation by clicking the red HERE now

Thanks for taking the time to read this and please feel free to comment / share / tweet.

Best wishes and I look forward to hearing from you in the future!

Mark

Is Mindfulness Your Swiss Army Knife Of Mental Performance?

Some People Talk About Mindfulness As If It’s The New Kid On The Block And It’s NOT!

Can Mindfulness Be Your Swiss Army Knife Of Mental Performance?

 

In fact it first appeared in 1979 and has really came to the fore in recent years because of the facts and scientific data we now have.

 

With the release of modern studies the efficacy of mindfulness has really made it more and more popular within homes and workplaces because of what we now know to be true.

 

In 2010 Harvard University carried out a study which proved that in general people think 46.9% outside of the present moment which is not healthy at all!

 

This has been termed the “Monkey Mind” where it is wandering and ill at ease or ruminating and creates stress.

Mindfulness Is Good For You If You Have Troubles Or Are Perfectly Fine!

 

Yes you don’t have to be in need of a tonic or a so called pick me up to benefit from it. Yes it’s good for unwell people and also people who are at the top of their game equally.

What Is Mindfulness In A Nut Shell?

Can Mindfulness Be Your Swiss Army Knife Of Mental Performance?

 

Mindfulness is a non religious and non threatening form of meditation in its simplest terms that can change brain activity by encouraging present moment observational awareness.

Some Very Simple Science Facts About Mindfulness

 

  1. Mindfulness positively affects the Amygdala which controls fear, anxiety and stress.
  2. Mindfulness positively affects the Hippocampus which controls learning and memory.
  3. Mindfulness positively affects the DMN (Default Mode Network) which is responsible for the wandering mind and decreases its activity.

Is It Time To Get This Into Workplaces like Schools?

 

Ever noted how this is now in schools quite prolifically?

Then why is it not mainstreaming at work considering the following:

  • £1.24 billion loss each year to business from stress.
  • Stress affects 1 in 5 employees.
  • Stress is the single biggest cause of sickness in the UK.

Considering how much time you spend at work and the ripple effect it has within the larger whole of your life then it’s worthy to consider is it not?

So Why Is Mindfulness Believed To Be So Good Then?

Can Mindfulness Be Your Swiss Army Knife Of Mental Performance?

It has a significant effect on anxiety and depression in the first instance and if you think about that it will make perfect sense to you when you read on.

To fuel depression or anxiety you have to be preoccupied with the past or worrying about the future.

With mindfulness you can apply a level of control by being fully present more than you ever have been which takes you out of future or past thoughts and reduces stress and a mind that is wandering unhappily.

What Is The Down Side of Mindfulness?

 

Absolutely nothing it is 100% safe!

Just on a last point whats your upside after reading this?

 

 

Thanks for blogging with me again and I hope you enjoy the editorial.

 Can Mindfulness Be Your Swiss Army Knife Of Mental Performance? Mark

Are you connected with your mindfulness mojo?

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Are you connected with your mindfulness mojo?

I was in the shower today and it struck me how incredible the smell of the shower gel was on my hands. This may seem a bit weird me even commenting on this and actually taking the time to even express it.

Well here’s the point! How often do you just rush about just functioning and superficially servicing your body rather than connecting with it?

Many people will probably be thinking what’s he on about has he lost it! Well here’s the reality of what’s been proven in our society. Almost 47% of our conscious thought is not in the present. You may be saying “big deal, so what” and that’s pretty normal too if there is such a thing as normal these days!

Good mental health is on the decline and that’s fact. Anxiety is on the up and so is depression. Stress is burning people out and we just think its normal these days. There I go again like a broken record “these days”.

Well let me let you into a growth industry and it’s mindfulness which is proving to be the guiding light for many. Mindfulness takes a little daily practice it’s true and for me the concept is very simple!

Stop – experience – relax – absorb – energise – continue.

In my own experience I realised that the mind had almost became an organic super computer that had gotten way too big for it’s boots draining my physical batteries.

So what’s the antidote? Are you ready for another big secret? Simplicity in itself is the answer!

It’s all about Smelling the shower gel, feeling the hot shower jet on your back, listening to your inner voice that says “Ahh that feels really good” and looking at the water coming out of the shower as it hits your face and body!

Do you get my point here? Enjoying the sensations from the body and taking the time to fully experience them can be truly enlightening. Hollistically this reconnection between the mind body and spirit holding us in the moment is a representation of mindfulness.mindfulness

Isn’t it so simple that thoroughly enjoying experiences can recharge your positive mental health batteries
and it’s 100% free? Yes this sounds so simple and easy because it is when you stop and think about it!

Here is a short list of things to consider that will improve your life if you dare to do them regularly…

  • Smelling a flower
  • Savouring  a square of chocolate without chewing
  • Watching a child play
  • Listening intently to your favourite piece of music with earphones
  • Feeling the sun on your face

Don’t you think its time to wake up and smell the coffee too??

Thanks for blogging with me and please leave comments as well as shower mindfully on a regular basis……

Mark

P.S. I can thoroughly recommend this book