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Barbora    Sheffield, UK   
Barbora    Sheffield, UK   
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(8-Week Mindfulness for Health & Happiness Course)

"I would recommend this course to anyone who is interested in learning more about themselves and their minds, in particular to people who are under stress and get easily overwhelmed because you can learn to understand yourself and your reactions better, to become calmer and more in control even in busy or difficult situations and to approach them (and yourself) more non-judgmentally and kindly.

I was definitely surprised how much I was able and keen to take from the sessions and use and practice in my day-to-day life. I was expecting the course to be very interesting but I think I did not expect it to be quite so engaging and I am surprised the materials from the sessions did not just end up buried and forgotten somewhere in a drawer - I have actually been reading and working through them.

I think that if I manage to keep practicing some of what we learned regularly, it will certainly help me stay ‘in touch’ with myself and my values, which should ultimately lead to more happiness and hopefully health as well.

I would just like to reiterate how enjoyable and thought-provoking an experience it was for me and thank you for offering and delivering the course to us so well!"


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Why Is Mindfulness Meditation Becoming Popular In The West?

More and more people in the western world are practicing mindfulness and meditation. If you’re among the many that are new to meditation, then you might understand how challenging it can be. There are many ways to practice meditation, and there are lots of different techniques to use. This often means that beginners find it difficult to work out where to start.

In spite of the difficulties around learning it, many are still interested because of its many health benefits. In this article, you’ll find out more about mindfulness meditation.

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation is a secular form of meditation. It originated from Insight Meditation, which is said to be the oldest form of meditation. This practice was developed as a way to help people achieve freedom from their suffering. This can be done by practicing alive-and-free1mindfulness and developing an increased sense of self-awareness. This is because most of our suffering comes from unhelpful thoughts and emotions. Being mindful can help us loosen the grip that unwanted thoughts might have on us.

Most people believe that the key to happiness is to indulge in positive emotions, and to avoid the negative. This is an impossible and futile task that can drain all your energy and keep you from really experiencing and appreciating life.

It’s important to understand that all human emotions are only temporary. If you can learn to make space for all of them as they pass through your awareness, they will soon pass with little effort.

Mindfulness meditation helps you become aware of the true nature of ‘reality’.

It teaches you to simply notice what’s going on around you and within your mind and body in the present moment. This can help lift the mental fog that creates the darkness and gloominess in your life.

Mindfulness practice helps to train your mind. It’s a mental discipline that can bring you more freedom from pain by helping you find a sense of peace and acceptance within yourself.

3 Main Parts of Mindfulness Meditation:

Awareness

Mindfulness is about being aware of what’s happening in the ‘here and now’. It takes concentration and awareness to help you enter into this deeply resourceful state of mind. This is when you’ll be able to connect with your inner or real self (the self that doesn’t tend to run around like a headless chicken when stressed). It can lead you to experience inner peace and knowing, which brings you closer to experiencing true happiness.

Concentration

Concentration is the ability to keep your mind focused on a single thing. It can be your breathing, bodily sensations, or a mental image. Practicing this helps you improve your focus, which makes it easier for you to achieve a clearer mind.

Friendly-Kindness

love-hands-formationFirendly-kindness is an attitude essential in mindfulness practice. This attitude is cultivated towards ourselves and others and helps us become more accepting and resourceful when dealing with difficulties. This kindly well-wishing can be shared with anyone, even to those who you don’t really know.

It’s about simply having an attitude of friendly kindness towards everyone and every situation, without expecting anything in return. This helps us let go of judgements, anger and other emotions that are draining and distracting from real life. It has been found though, that whenever you practice this, it can transform your life and your relationships.

The place to start using loving-kindness is towards yourself first. This is easier said than done for most people, as they are used to giving themselves a hard time inside their own head. Learning to be kind to yourself is essential for a happier and more resourceful state of mind.

The Power of Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation can be a powerful tool for achieving an improved overall wellbeing. What’s important is for you to make time for your practice, otherwise it won’t happen. The key to achieving its benefits more quickly is to stay consistent. Understand that it takes regular practice for you to get better. Keep in mind that your time and effort will be well rewarded with a greater sense of peace, control and fulfilment. This is what most people yearn for, which many have never achieved.

Reasons behind its popularity

A growing number of research studies have proven the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation. More and more scientists confirm its many health benefits. Researchers suggest that mindfulness meditation helps people overcome many different kinds of health problems. It’s found to help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, alleviate symptoms of depression and so much more. It’s also found to help enhance memory, self-insight, problem solving skills, and creativity.

Keep in mind that mindfulness meditation will help you experience a greater sense of wellbeing and peace within yourself. This rarely happens straight away, but with regular practice and the help of an experienced guide, you’ll begin to enjoy some peaceful and thoroughly enjoyable new life experiences.

 

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