... and how it can help you, whoever you are
What is mindfulness
Since mindfulness.org.au was founded in early 2000’s,
mindfulness has become very fashionable with lots of good information becoming available. However, lots of misinformation and misrepresentation also arose.
So let’s get the basics straight
with two definitions to help you get started:
1. Something short:
An open hearted awareness of experience as it arises (C. Walsh, 2004).
A training method that builds neuronal connections resulting in calm, clear presence in various situations, including excitement, joy, agitation and adversity.
2. Something a bit longer:
‘A complex and multi-dimensional concept’ (Dhiman, 2009). A way of being which involves ‘rigorous mental practice’ to develop ‘focus, awareness and living in the moment’ (Sethi, 2009)” by “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose,... and nonjudgmentally” (Kabat-Zinn, 1994).
It frees us from autopilot mode, reactivity so that we can “come closer to clear comprehension of any situation’ (Barbezat & Bush, 2013, p. 96; Sauer & Kohls, 2011)”.
Why do mindfulness?
Many people do mindfulness for different reasons, depending on who they are. Here are some overarching ones:
To fully enjoy life
To manage stress & conflict
For more satisfying interpersonal interactions
To manage thoughts and emotions better
To manage complex human interactions at work and at home
We can develop the necessary mental strength and flexibility
By training in mindfulness
See below for further details on how it impacts varies group of people.
Are there any downsides?
When mindfulness is taught by inexperienced teachers* bad habits can be reinforced. Sometimes people can experience agitation and distress
or worsening of some psychiatric symptoms.
Often the people who have these issues benefit the most. BUT they need skillful experienced teachers
*click here to find out how to assess a suitable mindfulness teacher.
Who can mindfulness help?
the stressed, those who want to excel
academics, professionals, business people athletes and artists
from primary school students to parliamentarians to army officers to CEOs our training can help?
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