So, what is mindfulness?
Well, simply put, mindfulness is about paying attention to the present moment, with curiosity and without judgement.
Non-judgement awareness of your experience moment to moment helps to shine a light on some of the most stressful ways we can relate to our inner and outer world.
When you “pay attention” to your thoughts you give yourself the space to focus on one particular object.
It sounds simple but you will be amazed how easy it is for your attention to wander and begin to think about and/or focus upon something else.
Your mind may jump from thinking about something that is coming up in the future to focusing on something that happened in the past.
Your attention wanders around as if you have no control over your own thoughts and regular mindfulness practice will teach you how to keep yourself focused on one topic in the moment or in the “now” as it is known.
Your aim in mindfulness is to discover what being in the moment feels like for you – with curiosity and non-judgement – the latter part being extremely important.
Focusing On Non-judgement
For many of us, when we focus on events that have taken place, it is very easy to focus on them with disdain, judgement, shame and/or criticism. Focusing on curiosity and non-judgement are the solution to ensuring you avoid letting more negative internal dialogue run your life.
This is what makes practicing mindfulness a skill worth learning – and it is a skill!
With mindfulness you discover a completely different way to relate to yourself that fosters relaxation, openness and growth.
It provides you with a skill to unwind years of negative thinking and patterns, replacing it with a more peaceful inner environment.
As you practice and use the power of mindfulness you discover your own inner resources and depths within that peaceful environment.
Like learning a language, getting fit or learning how to cook, to strengthen your resilience and enhance your own mental well being it is important you spend time in mindfulness practice.
The great news is the only real goal of mindfulness is to be fully present with your experience, so learning how to use mindfulness is less about doing and more about being.
You focus your attention on what’s happening in the moment and also what is happening with you, the learner, as you focus on what’s happening in the moment.
With regular mindfulness practice it becomes easier for you to trust in yourself and your own experiences. You develop confidence and deepen trust in listening to your own inner guidance
That’s what I teach through guided meditation and mindfulness – how to tap into your inner resources by focusing on the current moment and what’s happening to you as you focus.