Mindfulness by Robin Hall
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
While mindfulness is something we all naturally possess, it’s more readily available to us when we practice on a daily basis.
Whenever you bring awareness to what you’re directly experiencing via your senses, or to your state of mind via your thoughts and emotions, you’re being mindful. And there’s growing research showing that when you train your brain to be mindful, you’re actually remodeling the physical structure of your brain.
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- Mindfulness for panic & anxiety isn’t a tool for avoidance or distraction
- What is MINDFULNESS ?
- Mindfulness seeks to develop and nourish present moment awareness.
- Try it now – a ONE MINUTE exercise in Mindfulness
- Notice what happens after just one minute of Mindfulness
- Why Mindfulness is so important
- Thoughts can be with us from morning to night without a break
- Sometimes we hardly have time for life at all..
- Painful thoughts, feelings and emotions about the past and future can overwhelm us too..
- Thoughts and feelings can be so distressing we try to block them out or avoid them
- Mindfulness can help to change all this.
- Mindfulness alerts you to any negative cycles of thinking or behaviour
- Your health and ability to concentrate and tolerate stress will improve
- You will find it easier to deal with difficult situations and experiences
- Mindfulness in PRACTICE – first lets look at what Mindfulness is NOT
- There are two forms of Mindfulness practice
- Mindfulness in Everyday Life
- Mindfulness in Everyday Life Preliminary Exercise – THE BODY SCAN
- The Body Scan Exercise
- Mindfulness in Everyday Life Exercise 2. Begin the day MINDFULLY
- Mindfulness in Everyday Life Exercise 3. Mindful Walking
- Mindfulness in Everyday Life Exercise 4. Mindfulness in Daily Activities
- Sitting Mindfulness Practice
- What is the ‘goal’ of Sitting Mindfulness
- Sitting Mindfulness Practice – It’s like being at the gym
- Sitting Mindfulness Practice – Some things that may happen..
- Sitting Mindfulness Practice – Some more things that may happen..
- What if thoughts get out of control?..
- So what CAN we do about thoughts?..
- Dealing with Thoughts #1- Using an ANCHOR..
- Dealing with Thoughts #2 – See thoughts AS just thoughts
- Dealing with Thoughts #3 – Let thoughts BE – just as they are..
- Dealing with Thoughts #4 – Labelling the thoughts
- What about overwhelming FEELINGS & EMOTIONS?
- Emotions become more overwhelming when we extend them into the past or future
- Sitting Mindfully With Emotions #1 – Use an anchor
- Sitting Mindfully With Emotions #2 – feel the emotion as a bodily sensation
- Sitting Mindfully With Emotions #3 – Stay aware in the present moment
- Frequently Asked Questions
- A 4 Stage Mindfulness Schedule
- Mindfulness Practice Schedule
- Taking it further – The practise of Self Enquiry
- Insight through Self Enquiry
- Some interesting facts about Meditation
- Famous Meditators
- Mindfulness Resources