The benefits of Mindfulness

Mindful_8_OpenAs a mindfulness practitioner for over 10 years I have seen and experienced so many positive benefits for myself and others by meditating in a mindful way.  For example, reducing stress and anxiety, helping with conditions such as IBS and stomach related disorders as well as health anxiety in general.  It is amazing for relaxation and switching off thinking, coming into present moment awareness and raising and changing energy patterns in the mind and body.

Based on Buddhist philosophy, mindfulness is the practice of staying in the moment, being present to ourselves, and our environment. It is paying attention to the present moment on purpose, not trying to change things but accepting what is.

Many of us spend our time focused either on the past or the future, paying very little attention to what is happening NOW in the present, which means that for much of the time we may be unaware of our present experiences. Mindfulness is a way of being, of remaining in present awareness and practising the art of observation. It helps us to accept the way things are for better or for worse and without judgment.

Practising mindfulness can give people more insight into their emotions, boost their attention and concentration and improve relationships.

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy has been scientifically proven to help people with a range of mental health problems such as:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Addictive behaviours
  • Insomnia
  • Longer and better quality sleep, with fewer sleep disturbances
  • A reduction in negative feelings like anger, tension and depression
  • Improvements in physical conditions as varied as psoriasis, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, hypertension, heart disease

The colours on the mindful card are based on the colours of the chakras.  When you hold the card itself this will help you to relax, become mindful of the NOW and also to connect deeply within.

I’m very grateful to all my many teachers along the way, university professors such as Dr. Patrizia Collard, my long term supervisor Professor Ian Horton, numerous workshop leaders, healers and writers such as Thich Nhat Hanh and Jon Kabat-Zinn.

I hope you enjoy using the mindful card and please do let me know how you get on.