The practice of Mindfulness, having its roots in Buddhism and other contemplative practices of India is derived from the word"Sati". Its literal meaning is "Awareness" or "Mindfulness". To have the correct view of how things exist. This encapsulates more than just having a goal to reduce stress, and to be more present. It means becoming more familiar with the patterns and habits that both serve and don't serve us. It means to become a better person. Happier, more content but also more real! This is not always easy however! Research shows we have tens of thousands of thoughts a day. Isn’t that incredible! How many of those thoughts are we actually present to, aware of? How many of those thoughts can you remember at the end of each day?! Many of these thoughts have become habitual, much like riding a bike. These thoughts and emotions however can affect us whether we are aware of them or not! We often react to these thoughts and experiences without even being aware. These responses can create more stress for ourselves, and others! Mindfulness practice helps us to become more aware of these thoughts. To practice more acceptance, more resilience with what arises. It then helps us to let go of the negative thought patterns that don't serve us any more. Mindfulness helps us to let go of unhealthy 'attachments" and to cultivate thoughts that we know are more beneficial. A key aspect of authentic Mindfulness practice is to help us to Awaken. To develop a better relationship with ourselves and others. It helps us to enhance our innate qualities of compassion and insight.
Acting with purpose.
At work and at home.
Mindfulness helps us to act “purposely” and to participate “consciously” with what’s occurring in front us right now. It helps us to see which thoughts are beneficial to work with, to cultivate more of and which thoughts are best not following at all! We are often reacting to situations in life from a place of unconscious habit. With Mindfulness training we can then make choices from a place that’s “conscious” as opposed “reactive”.
Ultimately Mindfulness is about getting to know oneself better. To become friends with all aspects of ourselves. The good the bad and ugly!
Mindfulness also reaffirms what modern day neuroscience validates; neuroplasticity. We are literally reshaping our brain through our experiences.
Mindfulness helps us to tap into the deep inner resources that are always available to us. If we are present to them of course! We then start to understand that peace, calm and happiness don't actually need to be found from outside of ourselves. That happiness is truly an inside job!