Mindfulness is something everyone can cultivate. Anyone can do it with practice. The Awareness Academy combines psychology, science and ancient meditation and mindfulness techniques to help us on a journey that can bring happiness, fulfillment and inner peace in our lives. Our mindfulness courses begin with an understanding of how the mind and emotions operate. We then combine a number of guided mindfulness techniques, (some forms of simple meditations), which help us to cultivate non-judgmental present moment awareness. These powerful tools can then be used at any time in our lives, to help set us free from habitual negative experiences. You will also learn a technique that helps us to practice “acceptance” with what happens to us in the present moment, and start to view challenges, and negative experiences as a common aspect of our lives. The final, and so often missing piece is self compassion and compassion for others. When we look closely all people want to be happy and free from suffering. Others have also been conditioned in some way, just like us, and may not see the world in the same way as we do, and feel there would view is the right world view. Just like we often do! We discover through Mindfulness that it’s often our resistance to what makes us feel uncomfortable, that actually causes ourselves distress, more suffering at times.
The problem often isn’t the problem. The problem may just be how we are looking at the problem! With this understanding we can then start to see these states of mind and emotions from a very different view point, and in a very empowering way.
Let’s look at an example. We think about someone that we would rather not think about. (Its ok. We all have these people in our lives!) The thought of this person conjures up memories, and feelings that we don’t feel good about. Now if we examine that thought that originally come into our mind we can see that’s its actually totally neutral at first. Neutral in terms of how it affects us. However when our secondary ideas about that that person (remember from just one thought) come into the mix then a whole process gets underway. For example we will have a memory of something that happened with that person, that in turn triggers an emotion, a negative one in this example. There may also be something in addition to this memory, maybe a belief of some sorts around why we may justify feeling angry with that person. Can you see now how many things have just occurred secondary to just one thought!
The Awareness Academy's courses help us to radically accept, manage and to become friends as such, with these processes and events that are a natural fabric of our lives. When we examine these thoughts more closely we will see that they are all unique experiences that are totally subjective, totally unique to ourselves. We have a view about someone based on our experiences. Another person can see that same person in a very different way. Its ok again. This is all normal. This is about being human!
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The Brain That Can Change Itself
Mindfulness practice has been shown to literally reshape our brain. Neuroscience has discovered that our brains start to change based on our experiences. This “Neuroplasticity” shows that through Mindfulness practice the amygdala, the part of the brain that processes fear and anxiety has been shown to shrink. The frontal lobes that process our decision making, planning and thinking, actually start to thicken. The insula that is the part of the brain that’s responsible for self-awareness actually grows. People undertaking mindfulness training have shown increased activity in the area of the brain associated with positive emotion. Below are some links to studies carried out.
See below some links to research papers on the positive effects of Mindfulness: