Mind full, or mindful – What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness facilitates our ability to live in the present moment. I have found the practice of mindfulness to be an excellent skill for cultivating inner peace, even in the most stressful of times. Which is why I have increasingly integrated mindfulness coaching into my Ottawa holistic health care practice. Learning the art of mindfulness is like learning a new language: the earlier one learns it, the more second-nature it becomes. Yet studies show that it is never too late to learn and benefit from increased mindful awareness.
How Mindfulness Can Tame the ‘monkey-mind’
The majority of us tend to think too much, unaware of how this unconscious habit can negatively affect our psychological, spiritual and physical well-being. Instead of being present, we ruminate, worrying helplessly about past and future, judging ourselves and others. Mindfulness leads to a quieting of the mind, resulting in compassionate inner-peace. This has been shown to bring lasting relief from anxiety and sadness.
Research into the benefits of practicing mindfulness has grown exponentially in recent years. Studies have shown these techniques to be effective in relieving both physical and mental suffering. Mindfulness is also known to reduce sensitivity to pain, improves immune system function, and lowers stress and anxiety. Conscious presence enhances concentration and self-control, and improves our ability to solve problems and adapt to new experiences. By becoming more mindful, we are attempting to replace our typical fight/flight/freeze reactions with calmness, compassion and grace.
The Dalai Lama muscle
As your mindfulness coach, I can help you learn methods that shift your attention away from repetitive thoughts, towards body awareness. Consciously attending to the rhythm of breath and pulse helps us let go of our mind-chatter. This shift liberates you from the habit of rumination and its accompanying angst, replacing it with simply being in the present moment. This presence is what I call your ‘Dalai Lama muscle’. Regular mindfulness practice can dramatically improve the quality of your life experience.