‘Mindfulness’ is a hot topic of late, as it is increasingly recognized as an effective way to reduce stress, increase self-awareness, enhance emotional intelligence, and effectively handle painful thoughts and feelings.
Although mindfulness has only recently been embraced by Western psychology, it is an ancient practice found in a wide range of Eastern philosophies, including Buddhism, Taoism and Yoga. Mindfulness involves consciously bringing awareness to your here-and-now experience with openness, interest, and receptiveness. It is about waking up, connecting with ourselves, and appreciating the fullness of each moment of life. A profound way to enhance psychological and emotional resilience, and increase life satisfaction.
Practising mindfulness helps you:
- to be fully present, here and now
- to experience unpleasant thoughts and feelings safely
- to become aware of what you’re avoiding
- to become more connected to yourself, to others and to the world around you
- to increase self-awareness
- to become less disturbed by and less reactive to unpleasant experiences
- to learn the distinction between you and your thoughts
- to have more direct contact with the world, rather than living through your thoughts
- to learn that everything changes; that thoughts and feelings come and go like the weather
- to have more balance, less emotional volatility
- to experience more calm and peacefulness
- to develop self-acceptance and self-compassion
Mindfulness has been clinically proven to help with chronic pain, anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD, OCD, substance abuse, and borderline personality disorder.
The skills learnt provide many benefits, including the ability to reduce stress, rise above self-limiting beliefs, improve focus, develop self-awareness, facilitate calmness, and handle difficult emotions such as frustration, resentment, boredom and anxiety.
The practise of mindfulness enables you to:
- improve focus and concentration
- increase self-awareness
- reduce the impact and influence of stressful thoughts and feelings
- facilitate better relationships
- catch self-defeating behaviours, and substitute more effective ones
- become aware of self-defeating thought processes, and ‘let them go’
All of this boils down to 3 major benefits: improved performance, reduced stress, and greater satisfaction in work and life.
The Benefits of Mindfulness for Therapists & Coaches
- Facilitates empathy, compassion, and unconditional positive regard.
- Allows you to stay focused and present, even when your client is not.
- Helps you stay grounded, centred and composed, even in the midst of clients’ emotional turmoil
- Enables a healthy attitude to therapeutic outcomes: neither complacent nor overly-attached.
- Helps you maintain direction and focus for therapy.
- Increases your skills at observing your clients’ responses.
Are you ready to take the step and become mindful?
It could just change how you experience life!