What is Mindfulness about?
Mindfulness is about paying attention on purpose in a non-judgmental way. It is about paying attention to the present moment, to whatever you are doing, sensing, thinking or feeling, and just letting it be.
Mindfulness helps us become more thoughtful, insightful, and perceptive. Through mindful practices, we can train our awareness and attention to stay focused on the present moment in a non-judgmental way. This will positively impact our overall psychological health by reducing stress, shaking free from rumination, and enhancing focus and cognitive flexibility.
Moreover, mindfulness can help us adopt an observers' stance, so that we can choose how to respond to the challenges life presents rather than simply reacting. Sometimes, mindfulness can even help us enter a blissful "flow state", where we are completely absorbed in an activity and nothing else seems to matter. It is in this "flow state" where people experience profound enjoyment and find the magic in their performance, especially in sports, music and art.
As you can see, mindfulness is not about some guru sitting in the mountains meditating for hours on end. Rather, it is a real skill that is applicable to our everyday life, and to all kinds of personalities. Very much like any other skills in life, mindfulness has to be developed through practice. A mindful practice is an active endeavor, and it certainly is not the same as passivity, yet it is very simple to get into. It is all about noticing your wandering thoughts and redirecting your attention back to the present moment. With consistency, you will develop a habit of being mindful and reap the huge benefits it provides.
PRACTICE AND COACHING
INDIVIDUAL MINDFULNESS COACHING
As a certified Mindfulness Life Coach, I provide individual guidance with specific interventions and exercises that teach you to become more aware and to direct your attention, which form the bedrock of mindfulness.
The interventions/exercises may be formal (such as setting aside some periods of time to do meditation), or they may be informal (such as mindfully tasting the food you eat), and I would typically recommend a good mix of both. Formal practices are valuable because they add structure and help us stay committed to the practice, while informal practices have the added benefit of being seamlessly integrated into our everyday life.
Through interventions such as breath meditation, body scan, contemplative meditation, mindful journal, mindful walk, self-discovery sentence completion and many others, I will guide you to become more mindfully present, to be aware of your thoughts and emotions, and to cultivate kindness towards yourself and others.
Ultimately, the goal is for you to learn all the professional tools that I have to offer, so that you can become your own lifelong mindfulness guide.