Latest blog post 9th May 2017

Mindful Moments

I have currently been convalescing from an operation and during this time it has enabled me to reconnect with mindfulness.

We recommend mindfulness with the clients that we work with who are stressed, anxious, feeling overwhelmed or exhausted from their busy lives. My colleague Elaine is trained in mindfulness and has recently been on a 7-day mindfulness retreat. I tend to connect with it every so often in various ways struggling with the challenges that many of us have of trying to fit mindful moments into our bust schedule.

Before I share my more recent experiences while I’ve been recovering, lets reconnect with what we mean about mindfulness and the recent research around its benefits.

Our definition that we use in our Optimal resilience model is

"The ability to proactively notice and pay attention to your personal well-being in a non-judgmental and compassionate way and take the required actions to address it."

"Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally" Jon Kabat-Zinn

"Mindfulness is a way of exercising your ability to pay attention: when you can bring focus to something, the critical thoughts quieten down. It’s about being able to focus on the inside, being able to stand back and watch your thoughts without the usual commentary on them." Ruby Wax

Or her other definition is "noticing your thoughts feelings without kicking your own ass while your doing it" 

The threads here being noticing what’s going on with you and accepting whatever it is without judgement. You might think the noticing part is the tricky bit to learn how to do, I would suggest that learning to be non-judgemental about yourself and being kind and compassionate to yourself in the moment is just as hard for some of us.

Some of us are quite hard on ourselves thinking we need a good talking to get us motivated or deal with our sadness and upset. Being non-judgemental is about accepting that this is how you feel and... Read more...

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