Making friends with your mind
MINDFULNESS COURSE & 1-1 SESSIONS
Norfolk & Online
MINDFULNESS AND MINDFUL LIVING?
The best place to start is by addressing what mindfulness, meditation and mindful living are not. There are several misconceptions around the practices; with perhaps the most common, being that meditation involves making the mind go blank, switching off and getting rid of our thoughts. This is a misconception, as in practice, the opposite is actually happening!
We are not seeking to get rid of thoughts, but become more aware and accepting of them. In mindfulness, we learn to become the observer of our minds and gain insights into our emotions, thoughts and feelings. This is important as when we have insight we have choice and from choice, there can be positive change.
You must consider that whilst we live in a world where we have many freedoms, are you really free? Are you really free when the over thinking mind is running the show, when it holds you back due to worries about the future, or is lost in painful memories? Are you free when your mind is telling you your not good enough, smart enough, attractive enough? Is there true freedom in that? “Mindfulness can offer you a way to re-wire your brain for real freedom.”
In essence, “Mindfulness is witnessing what is happening, whilst it is happening, without preference”. We seek to give ourselves more mental space and no longer let our thoughts bother or entrap us. This involves being more present and connected to ourselves, in the here and now. We learn how to access this ‘present moment’ through our meditation and guided practices; which, although central to the mindfulness journey, are not the only experience that you will have. I say this because the practice of mindfulness does not just happen when we are sat on a cushion, we learn to take our practices, into our everyday lives and routines.
The courses and sessions I run are for anyone struggling in life they are are not targeted at one specific problem or level of experience. If you wish to find out more please get in touch to discuss how we can begin, or further your mindfulness development.
What are the benefits of using mindfulness?
Regular mindfulness practice can bring about long-term changes in mood, levels of happiness, peace, joy and wellbeing. Studies show that mindfulness not only prevents depression, but also positively affects the brain patterns associated with daily anxiety, stress, irritability and chronic pain. Introducing compassion practices significantly reduce self-criticism, self-doubt, emotional suppression and helps building personal resilience. There is a noted increase in improved memory, creativity and reaction times.
How can I help?
How would it feel to make friends with your mind? I will help you to work more skilfully with your mind by using mindfulness and compassion based practices alongside self-reflection exercises; over time you will start to recognise how your mind jumps from dwelling in the past, worrying about the future or lost in daydreaming and fantasising in the present. You will learn how to recognise unhelpful mind habits and triggers which hold you back and keep you stuck in the cycle of anxiety and low mood-states. Through the weeks we work together you will start feeling more confident in your ability to not let the mind take over and hold you back from your potential, to skilfully work with the emotions held within the body and listen to the wisdom the body holds. These skills will enable you to break free from negative cycles and reprogramme your mind so you can step into embracing and enjoying life with much more optimism.
“The person I am today would like to thank the person I was 5 years ago for not giving up, your awesome” – Iva Ursano
The Root Salon
*It is really important that you choose a qualified teacher as it is vital that they have a very strong personal practice; you couldn’t teach someone to dance if you couldn’t dance yourself! I have trained through the mindfulness association and hold certificates in, Teaching Mindfulness Meditation, Readiness to teach Mindfulness-Based Living Course (MBLC), Mindfulness and Behavioural Therapy, Responding with Compassion, and Compassion based teaching skills. I follow the UK Good Practice Guidelines and am on the BAMBA register of mindfulness teachers. I also hold qualifications in EFT: emotional freedom technique.