This week I delivered a Mindfulness workshop for a school Conference in Balnarring which is on the Mornington Peninsula. It’s a stunning location and it was a very beautiful winter’s day, I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the experience.
One of the benefits of Mindfulness that I most enjoy is that it has taught me to be more aware of when I am experiencing something enjoyable; by being tuned in I’m able to increase and savour the enjoyment of the moment. Driving to Balnarring I was aware and appreciative of the bright blue winters sky, the glorious tree canopies along the country roads and the vast expanse of lush green countryside, I was aware of how great it felt to be able to be out in that environment and the sense of freedom that driving the open road conjures.
In times gone by I would probably have missed most of this because I would have seen the drive as simply something I had to do to get to my destination and I would have been more preoccupied with my upcoming presentation and how it would be received.
Life can too often be like that when you are not mindful, the focus swings like a pendulum into the future to consider what’s coming up and back into the past to review what’s been, and too often it skips past the present. The present moment is where all of the magical details of life are created, the feel of the sunshine on your skin, how that cool refreshing drink of water can make the body sigh with relief after some hard work, the delight on a child’s face when it’s engaged in a game of make-believe, how great it feels to kick off your shoes at the end of the day; the fact is that when you stay tuned in that you are far more likely to pick them up.
Being present in the moment is a habit that we need to cultivate so that we don’t miss the magic of life. The big celebrations and the significant sad events are the two extremes of life hence we tend to be jolted to take note of them. The difficult emotions to be processed around a sad or traumatic event can sometimes keep us stuck in a ruminating pattern if we don’t have the life skills or receive some help to process them. In big celebrations most of the joy is in the detail, and the detail can often be overlooked if we’re not mindful. Mindfulness teaches our brains to appreciate these wonderful details as well as to regulate the emotions related to and understand the transitory nature of difficult experiences.
Practicing mindfulness does not require that you clear your mind of thoughts, but rather that you accept they are there and chose not to engage with them for a time, choosing instead to focus on something in the here and now. The breath is a simple and controllable thing that we can focus on , noticing the inhale and the exhale, and the little pause that happens in between, and breathing naturally while simply observing without judgement.
This practice offers the brain respite and has been proven to change the brain structure when practiced regularly. These changes can occur in as little as 8 weeks of 10 minutes daily practice. We dedicate that amount of time daily to caring for our oral health, doesn’t it make sense to dedicate time to maintaining our Brain Health as well?
If you’re interested in having me run a Mindfulness Workshop for your Club, Group or Organisation please don’t hesitate to give me a call on 0435 923 817. I can present a number of workshops covering topics such as Stress Reduction in the Workplace, Psychological Well Being, Sporting Performance and the Power of Visualisation and Team Building.
I'm a holistic therapist utilising Clinical Hypnotherapy, Professional Counselling, Pscyhotherapy, NLP, EFT and Mindfulness skills in my practice. My practices is located in Melbournes South East Suburb of Mentone.
My colleague Nina Dewar from In Tune Hypnotherapy in Brunswick has written on Mindfulness and motivation to exercise. Check out her blog post here
Georgina Mitchell was born in Ireland, moving to Australia in 1989. Georgina spent many years working in senior management in the Corporate world, before leaving to pursue her passion to become a Therapist.
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