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MINDFULNESS

 

With Mindfulness . . . . we learn to be aware and awake to each moment and engage creatively with what we are experiencing, rather than acting on auto pilot and reacting unconsciously. we use our minds to change our brains and become smarter, happier, more effective and more creative. we alter our perception so that conscious choice and the path to realising our potential can come into clearer view.

 

What is Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a form of sustained present-moment awareness of yourself, of others and of the world around you. Every single one of us has the capacity to be practice Mindfulness. It is a skill that can be learnt using simple and practical techniques. You do not have to be able to sit cross-legged on the floor or have practised any Yoga or have particular ideological/religious beliefs.

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Mindfulness, is essentially an approach to being in the world that was first described by Buddha over 2500 years ago. In the West today people have come to know Mindfulness through Yoga and Meditation practices or the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme (MBSR) developed by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1970s, which has since evolved into many diverse forms of mindfulness-based interventions.

Over the past 30 years Mindfulness Meditation has been subject of vast body of clinical research and has been shown to be effective for managing stress, chronic pain, depression, obsessive thinking and emotional reactivity. It can help with medical conditions such as heart disease, insomnia and lowered immune function. As a testament to its efficacy, Mindfulness has now been adopted as a mainstream health care intervention and is recommended by NICE (UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence). Even when we are healthy and feel well, Mindfulness is an invitation to move towards a greater sense of wellness and deeper sense of fulfilment in work and life

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Read about mindfulness in the Huffington Post’s dedicated page:
www.huffingtonpost.com/news/gps-mindfulness-research/

All Mindfulness training Programmes are devised and delivered following an initial consultation so as to provide the most effective training for you or your organisation.

In all Mindfulness training programmes we learn practices such as Body Scan, Mindful Movement and Sitting Meditation and also earn how to integrate these practices into everyday life.

Why learn Mindfulness

Mindfulness for stress

When we are under stress , we operate in “fight or flight” mode ( the sympathetic nervous system is called into action and our digestive processes, immune system, growth and reproductive processes are inhibited as all energy is channelled to deal with the percieved threat that creates feelings of stress.). Functioning in this “fight or flight” mode is detrimental to psychological and physical well-being.

Mindfulness meditation activates the parasympathetic nervous system, more commonly known as the “rest and digest” part of our nervous system. Our heart rate and respiration slows down and our blood pressure drops. We enter a relaxed physiological and psychological state which enables all our body systems to function optimally.

Mindfulness for Creativity

The non reactive observation of thoughts inherent in Mindfulness Meditation has been shown to promote “divergent thinking” the ability allow many new ideas to be generate, or to think “outside the box”

Mindfulness for Focus

when we practice mindfulness meditation we learn the skill of concentration and this lays down deposits in the neural networks that are connected with sustained attention.

Neuroscientists have found that as little as 11 hours of meditation, can bring about structural changes to the anterior cingulate cortex, a part of the brain involved in monitoring our focus and self control.

Our brain literally gets bigger and better at focusing, dealing with cognitive tasks and being discerning and this can be applied in daily life and at work.

Mindfulness for Relationships

Becoming mindful of what is going on in thoughts, feelings and body sensations creates a more rounded quality of meta-cognitive awareness so that you are less likely to resort to reactive and unconscious behaviour. Mindfulness Meditation enhances working memory (the ability to hold and manipulate new information) and creates the “mental space” in which you have the opportunity to change the way you respond to a person or situation. Relating to others can then become more authentic, empathic and effective.

Mindfulness is a key management competency that invests brining clear perception to working realtionships with emotional intelligence. It also builds a more resonant team, whose members are attuned to each other, mutually supportive and less suceptible to uncosncious behaviour patterns. Effective communication, empathy and clear perception are of course not limited to the workplace and the ability to be mindful enhance personal as well as professional relationships.

Mindfulness Training for organizations or individuals can be provided in a variety of formats, from taster sessions and day-long workshops to 8 week courses. All programme content is tailored to meet specific requirements and all courses includes simple, sustainable and clinically proven techniques which can be easily integrated into daily life and the workplace. Please email or call to discuss the most suitable Mindfulness Training Programme for you or your organization.

Mindfulness Training  for organizations or individuals can be provided in a variety of formats, from taster sessions and day-long workshops  to 8 week courses. All  programme content is tailored  to meet specific requirements and all courses includes simple, sustainable and clinically proven techniques which can be easily integrated into daily life and  the workplace. Please email or call  to discuss the most suitable Mindfulness Training Programme for you or your organization.