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Mindful meditation teaches us how to find some space and stillness in the midst of busy minds and our hectic lives. We learn how our minds work, and explore our habitual patterns of thinking and behavior. With practice we can choose to respond to events in our lives instead of reacting to them.
The benefits are enormous both to ourselves and to those around us. It can really help us to be more present in our lives, more engaged and ultimately happier and more fulfilled.
"The present is the only time that any of us have to be alive – to know anything – to perceive – to learn – to act – to change – to heal."
It can help us all; children and adults alike, as it gives us tools to enable us to be with difficult emotions, thoughts or physical states in a way that is nourishing and can really transform the way that we see things. It teaches us how to be present in our lives and to be more compassionate towards ourselves. It can help us to focus more and concentrate better.
Scientific studies have shown that it can help with such things as:
- Stress related conditions
- Chronic pain
There is substantial research showing that Mindfulness can improve our physical and mental health as well as our relationships (with ourselves as much as with others).
It can help us learn how to be with and cope better with physical and emotional stress, anxiety, depression and chronic pain.
Many people say that they are constantly rushing around and don’t feel able or don’t know how to take a moment to stop. Mindfulness is a way to do just that, it shows us how to get out of the ‘automatic pilot’ mode that we often inhabit. It helps us to see more clearly that the mind is often looking forward or back and not really focusing on what is going on right now. By learning to stop and be more in the ‘here and now’ paradoxically we can find that we get more done; are more productive, more focused and also feel more alive.
At a deep level it can help us to discover things about ourselves and can allow us to live our lives more fully.
The National Institute of Clinical Excellence, N.I.C.E recommend mindfulness to help prevent relapses in cases of depression.
Neuroscience studies specifically involving mindfulness meditation show important changes in the prefrontal cortex of the brain in people who meditate.
"I took the 8 week Mindfulness course with Arabella in 2014 at a very stressful time in my business. The effects of the course have been astonishing, i would leave each session feeling calm, inspired and more positive than i had in months. Arabella is a very warm and intuitive teacher......for me the effects have been long-lasting. " CH.
" I was a little hesitant when signing up to the course,.....but i am so glad I did.... I would THOROUGHTLY recommend her courses - in fact i think they should be compulsory!"VD