Since I started talking about Mindfulness I’ve had so many people say to me, ‘What is Mindfulness, I just don’t get it and how can it help me in my life?’

Mindfulness is completely unique and different to anything else I’ve come across and it’s not like many other practices and teachings I’ve encountered before. For a start, it really does work, if learnt and applied in the right way and the results you encounter can be life changing as it can work immediately if you adopt these proven practices from the beginning.

So many others think that mindfulness practices are something that’s adopted and carried out as a separate activity, they think it’s a ‘bolt on’ and something else we need to fit into our already jam packed schedules but, I’m here to tell you, it’s not!

Mindfulness practices and techniques can be taught and adopted and there are strategies that you can learn too, all of this will help you to look at mindfulness in a different way and in doing so you’ll reap the benefits.

I hold mindfulness and meditation sessions and work with my own coaching clients too to help them adopt these practices into everyday life and once they make the shift in mind-set they start taking control of their thoughts, emotions and behaviours and see the results very quickly. The benefits in adopting a mindfulness approach in life are limitless and it does take practice but, I have clients that are living proof of the benefits of this and they are already living life the conscious way.

Mindfulness is not limiting, it’s limitless and can be applied in so many different ways in so many different areas of our lives and its aim is to encourage us to become more self-aware and less critical and judgemental. Once we become more familiar with mindfulness practices and once we develop our knowledge and skills in this area then it can become a foundation for the way we live our lives.

We live in such a fast paced world and focus on filling our days with high volume activities and tasks, we have a never ending to do list and often feel overwhelmed at the thought of everything that has to be done. We live in a world where we seem to focus on ‘doing’ rather than ‘being’ and as a result of this so many of us just want to hit the ‘pause’ button and is exactly what mindfulness does, it allows us to take a step back and respond to situations instead of reacting to them.

Mindfulness is an entirely new way of living and it encourages us to take a kinder, gentler approach to life. This makes for a much more healthy existence which not only benefits our minds but, our bodies too (see article on benefits of mindfulness and meditation).

Mindfulness enables us to tune into our minds and bodies at a much deeper level and it encourages us to use all our senses to listen to what’s going inside and over time we become much more aligned with our true self.

Even though mindfulness was developed in the 1970’s by Jon Kabat Zin, it’s still a relatively new concept but, over time we’re seeing more and more people are turning to it because of the scientific benefits that are associated with it.

It is proven to help overcome depression, anxiety, self-confidence issues, lack of clarity and focus, overwhelm and it can also reduce the physical symptoms associated with this too; headaches, nausea and muscle pain – the list is endless!

When we learn to practice mindfulness in a relaxed and receptive way, we realise that it is possible to be mindful all the time. Knowing what’s happening within becomes as natural as the eyes seeing light, as the ears hearing sound. The mind is naturally aware all of the time, if we learn how to notice and tune in to it.

If you’d like to adopt a mindfulness approach to your life then why not come along to our 12 week, Beginner’s Mindfulness & Meditation course – The Conscious Way! Kick start your 2017 in the right way!

It’s held weekly starting in January 2017 from 7pm – 8.30pm and there will be classes held in the following locations; Yarm, Norton & Wolviston.

It’s only £120 for the full 12 week course however; I’m offering an early bird discount of 30% too for those who want to book before December and start taking control of their life, that’s only £85 for 12 weeks.

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