Mindfulness Meditation Re-wires Your Brain!
Did you know that research has shown that sustained practice of meditation leads to something called neuroplasticity, which is defined as the brain’s ability to change, structurally and functionally? Evidence proves that through repetitive training and simple everyday experience you can change the pathways in your brain. You can also unlearn old habits and old ways of doing things that no longer serve you.
Mindfulness Meditation changes the brain and the more you do it the more positive and long lasting the result.
What is Mindfulness?
- Paying attention to whatever you choose to in the present moment. So much of our time is spent either thinking about the past or the future. There is nothing you can do about the past and the future doesn’t exist.
- Non-reactive – not automatically reacting to thoughts. Mindfulness teaches you to stop allowing your brain to run where it likes. This constant unfocused activity often feels very draining and stressful and is usually unproductive.
- Non-Judgmental – seeing things as they are rather than through the filter of past conditioning. Becoming aware of critical thoughts but not engaging with them.
- Heart Centered – Mindfulness of the open heart helps bring feelings of kindness, compassion and warmth into your experience. You learn to be kind to yourself and then find that you are easily able to extend that to others.
What can Mindfulness do for me?
Do you feel there’s got to more to life than just getting through the day? Wouldn’t you like to thrive rather than just survive? Mindfulness has many proven benefits. Here are just a few:
Practising mindfulness can help you to
- Switch off when you come home from work
- Fall asleep at night and improve the quality of sleep
- Be less anxious, angry, impatient, sad etc.
- Cope better with life and deal with stress at work, in your personal life and make peace with your own mind
- See the bigger picture, regain perspective and openness
- Relax and appreciate being alive
- Control cravings
- Reduce pain levels
Mindfulness & Meditation
The benefits of Mindfulness & Meditation have been well researched and tested in clinical settings.
Meditation is not about thinking nothing but rather about focusing attention in a systematic way. By noting your thoughts but not always getting caught up in the story they tell, you can learn a great deal about habitual patterns. Your thoughts have a massive impact on your emotions and the decisions you make.
In Mindfulness Meditation you focus on a combination of the following:
- Your breathing
- Your senses
- Your body
- Thoughts and emotions
You can be mindful in a joined up way by formally taking time out of your day to sit in meditation or informally as you go about your daily activities. A combination of both works best.
Research has shown that regular meditation can have an affect on general well-being, reduces stress, anxiety, anger and depression and increases energy levels.
I have been a meditator since I was a teenager and have been teaching meditation techniques for many years. I take a practical approach to teaching Mindfulness/meditation using techniques that you will be able to adapt for use in your daily life whether it is using a quiet time at home, on the move or in the workplace. My teaching of Mindfulness is not based on any particular philosophy, culture or religion but on what has worked for me and my clients over the years.
I teach in groups or in 1:1 sessions.
Individual Mindfully Energised sessions have several advantages:
- Sessions are tailored to your own needs and lifestyle focusing on what’s important to you.
- I will also teach you ways to work with the energy flow in your body to complement your mindfulness practice.
- You can learn at your own pace.
- You will have feedback, advice and support in privacy and with confidentiality.
Practising in a group:
- When several people practise together meditation can be deeper and you may broaden your experience from the feedback of others.
- You often end up making friends with those in the group and can help support each other in between classes.
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