Searching for a greater sense of peace in both body and mind?
Is it constantly on overdrive, flinging itself between worries and tasks to be done, at times mixed in with a flurry of self critical thoughts. Living in a world that’s switched on 24/7, where being busy and stressed has become a daily norm, our minds often operate on constant automatic pilot. However, this leaves many people feeling overwhelmed, anxious and unable to cope, which in turn can have detrimental effects on our mental health, happiness and well-being.
Mindfulness can help reduce these feelings of overwhelm, bringing a sense of calm and control back into your life. By learning simple meditations, based on an awareness of breath and body, you will learn how to focus and become more aware of your thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations. You will learn how to create space between you and your thoughts, allowing you to respond more wisely to them. This subtle shift can be truly transformational.
It’s time to take back control of feeling stressed out and anxious and put yourself first by putting your mind first.
Habitually we spend a lot of our time either worrying about the future or ruminating about the past; which can significantly contribute to stress, anxiety and depression. But by learning mindfulness, you will learn how to spend more time in the present moment, which can naturally help to turn down the volume on thoughts, allowing you to let go of past and future worries. Mindfulness helps us to get to know and understand our minds better, as well as increase our self-compassion. Encouraging us to live more at ease and peace within ourselves and the world around us. Making the most of life, regardless of external stressors.
Whilst deriving from the East, Mindfulness is now a fundamental part of Western psychology and neuroscience. With a wealth of scientific evidence supporting its benefits, mindfulness has been proven to affect neuroplasticity (the brains ability to change). Research has shown, with regular mindfulness practice, the amygdala (the brains “fight or flight” centre), associated with emotion and stress, shrinks. MRI scans have also shown improvements in awareness, concentration and decision-making, with certain connections in the brain getting stronger.
Mindfulness helps cultivate a deep sense of awareness of both mind, body and the world around you. Life inevitably has many ups and downs, just like waves in the sea but by learning mindfulness, we become better equipped to surf the waves, rather than be ferociously dragged down by them. The principle of mindfulness isn’t to control your thoughts, it’s to stop letting them control you. Mindfulness also helps to awaken our senses, resulting in simple things, becoming treasured moments full of joy.
Mindfulness is innate and something which we all have within us; it’s just a matter of learning how to cultivate it.
Please see the services page for full details on mindfulness courses, individual sessions, and workshops available through Minds First.