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“The only thing I didn’t enjoy about the classes was finishing them. I enjoyed being able to ask questions,

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Emma    Sheffield, UK   
Emma    Sheffield, UK   
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(4-Week Mindfulness for Busy People Course)

“The only thing I didn’t enjoy about the classes was finishing them. I enjoyed being able to ask questions, share experiences and not feel judged. Also importantly, the time spent explaining the concepts rather than diving straight into practice. I’ve learned actually how to meditate and what this means. The teacher was great – balanced structure well with interactivity and let it flow. A sensitive addition of humour too.

I’m surprised How much easier it has got naturally and what a huge impact mindfulness has had already in helping me address issues that I have tried through various therapies and other techniques for over a year.

The variety of techniques was great. Since practising I feel that I’m, happier, kinder, more patient, chilled out, be able to reframe and not get caught up in negative thoughts. I’ve learned patience, to switch off and think of today, to be happier and how to get back to sleep!

Thank you Joy, I have been amazed at my progress. Especially this last week - what would have previously been a very overwhelming time for me resulting in high levels of stress and anxiety actually ended up with me not only getting through it but making really positive progress at work with tangible results and dare I say it, I actually enjoyed it also!!”


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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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