Being aware of our feelings, thoughts, and our breathing in the present moment can help us quiet down the negative chitter-chatter, helping us to be more relaxed and alert.
We tend to let our negative thoughts run away with us, such that we become disconnected from the real world, ruminating and brooding on only our failures and weaknesses. This type of thinking can lead to fatigue, stress and anxiety. If we let this type of thinking go further it can cause us to feel low or depressed.
Being aware of our feelings, thoughts, and breathing in the present moment can help us quiet down the negative chitter-chatter, helping us to be more relaxed and alert. This type of awareness comes from the ancient discipline of mindfulness. Mark Williams, professor of clinical psychology at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre says, “When we become more aware of the present moment, we begin to experience afresh many things in the world around us that we have been taking for granted,” to experience the power of Mindfulness in 3 minutes.
Benefits of Mindfulness
It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much. Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. Mindfulness can help us enjoy life more and understand ourselves better. You can take steps to develop it in your own life. Mindfulness meditation involves sitting silently and paying attention to thoughts, sounds, and the sensations of breathing or parts of the body, bringing your attention back whenever the mind starts to wander.
We use this type of mediation practice to help people manage stress and anxiety and we provide workshops and taster sessions to introduce you to the world of mindfulness mediation. Learn to sit awhile and quiet your mind!