Mindfulness Meditation is a method to cultivate peace of mind by clearly seeing the way things are. Through observing the experience of the five senses and the mind/heart we develop the potential to experience each moment, no matter how difficult, with greater compassion and understanding.
Through basic Meditation techniques it is possible to cultivate a quiet mind, develop emotional stability, understand the feelings of others just as our own and release the constraints we place on our own happiness. Instead of being caught in stress and pain, we learn to understand the causes of our difficulties and respond to them more skillfully.
It is a process of learning to really be 'here' in the present, fully alive with all the possibilities that life has to offer. The key is to learn to see and feel clearly without running away or holding on. There is a purifying force or freedom that comes from letting go of old patterns of behavior that often runs through generations.
Mindfulness is not something new, special or esoteric, but about 'presence' and opening to what is true. There is a beauty and depth of life that comes from learning to BE FULLY HERE for our life's gradual unfolding.
Mindfulness has been shown to be extremely helpful in reshaping our brain pathways in people suffering from anxiety and depression. Mindfulness is the awareness which develops when we pay attention to events experienced in the present moment within the framework of our mind / body, in a non-judgemental and accepting manner. It is increasing recognised as a very useful tool for assisting those distressed by negative emotions and thoughts.
- Helps us to notice what is happening in our experience, especially when engaging in compulsive patterns of thought such as rumination.
- Offers a way for people to stay with experiences, however unpleasant or difficult rather than pushing them away.
- Produces a change in perspective on those thoughts or experiences, enabling people to see that their thoughts are just thoughts, not facts or reality and that they need not to be driven by them.
- Allows us a choice, as a result of this new perspective. Rather thane be driven by compulsive reactions to experiences. Mindfulness gives us the mental space to respond differently.
- Helps us move from the world of doing to a world of being.