What is Mindfulness?
In many Eastern traditions it has been known for centuries that the practice of mindfulness can have profoundly healing and transformative effects. The benefits of mindfulness practice and meditation are beginning to be understood and appreciated in the practice of psychology with research demonstrating that it enhances psychological and physical well-being.

Mindfulness practice improves immune system functioning, lowers blood pressure, reduces pain levels and muscular tension. It is known to improve mental clarity, reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.
It is sometimes thought that the aim of mindfulness is to be calm and relaxed in every moment. While one of the benefits of mindfulness is the cultivation of calmness and peacefulness, the purpose is more about developing awareness and acceptance. Learning to pay attention to our experience, remembering the patterns or habits that we see, and to observe without judgement. To develop an attitude of acceptance toward oneself and one’s experience.

The Benefits of Mindfulness

Practising mindfulness assists you to:

  • be fully present, moment by moment
  • experience calmness and peacefulness
  • develop self-acceptance and self-compassion
  • increase self-awareness
  • learn the difference between  your thoughts and feelings and sensations
  • learn to live life directly and contactfully rather than through your thoughts
  • become less upset by and reactive to unpleasant experiences
  • experience unpleasant thoughts and feelings safely
  • become more connected to yourself, others, and the world around you
  • learn that everything changes; that thoughts and feelings come and go like weather

If you are interested in learning about how a Mindfulness practice can help you contact Felicity