Mindfulness = Awareness
“Our thoughts, our emotions, our behaviour, and therefore our mental health, is largely dependent on our understanding of the world; our thoughts about ourselves, other people and the future”
Of course to set and intention and get the ball rolling you have to start with a Healthy mindset
so what better way to make mindful awareness the starting point in creating what you actually want your life to look like for you. One thing you can start noticing and talking about are things and people that you like or love. Looking at what is working well in your life, rather than what is not working well. Having an Attitude of Gratitude . Get a Journal and start writing things in it daily.
These are all things that you can start doing daily to make a difference and start the changes.
Let it begin with you - by the way these are all things l practice and action in my own life, so without a shadow of a doubt l can definitely say how well it all works and by knowing how much research has gone into how the brain works and practicing the techniques you will have no regrets just shifts
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of being present and aware in the moment with either
our internal or external experiences empowering us to see clearly what is happening
in our lives. It offers us the opportunity to develop a more positive approach to life by cultivating clarity, insight, understanding and compassion towards ourselves, others and situations that may arise during our daily life experiences.
MEDITATION Is Living Your Life As If It Really Mattered.
That means you gotta be there for it, with kindness towards oneself, and an understanding of the deep interconnectedness of all life and beings.
MINDFULNESS MEDITATION is the practice of paying attention to what is happening from moment to moment without judgment. Our minds are so often planning or worrying about the future or reflecting on the past, we miss the place where life is actually happening, here in this moment.
Take small steps = start by making small changes consistently in your day, so you do not feel to overwhelmed by the changes (this helps to make it very do-able).
Creating the BIG change for an extraordinary life - once you start the small steps, you will become to notice changes occurring, noticing how these changes are making you FEEL. So overtime all of the small steps you have been making consistently in your day will bring about a noticeable shift as you start noticing more and more the changes that are occurring for you and others around you.
If you continually practice daily just reminding yourself once completed this course how much you have grown in all areas of your life when your aware of the changes that have occurred in your own behaviour from the beginning to now. Make sure whilst you are practicing that you always remain kind toward yourself (in other words when you make a mistake it is ok however learn from it so it is not being repeated). Some of the toughest times in life can create the biggest learnings.
What is Mindfulness - Awareness of self, often we walk around in our day on autopilot, participating in life habitually. So this week start practicing being more aware in your day by noticing your habitual patterns. This means exploring and getting curious about your feelings, becoming aware of your own thinking patterns whilst noticing how your thoughts make you feel, observation of self. Then gently bringing some changes into your daily patterns, once you start to become more aware you will notice something that you might consider an unhealthy pattern for you and what you can start doing differently to turn your unhealthy pattern into a more healthier pattern. Perhaps a good example is if you come home from a busy day at work and your feeling stressed so would go and get yourself a glass of wine whilst preparing dinner and you want to break this pattern, you could come home, go and get changed into some walking clothes, have a glass of water and take yourself and any other members of the family (if they want to) for a 15 or 30 minute walk, then come home and start preparing your dinner. Notice how participating in this excersise has made you feel. Reminding yourself there is no right or wrong way to participate, this is purely about practice in all your daily affairs whilst not judging and letting go of expectations.
Your tasks for week one are as follows:
Have some fun with this!
Becoming aware of your senses can really assist in bringing you back to the present moment, however it can also bring about other feelings and emotions. For you sense of smell perhaps notice some essential oils that you may like to smell, a lot of oils can have great health benefits. Your sense of touch can also help bringing you right back to the present by touching a material and noticing its texture or surface is it soft, hard. Your sense of hearing, when walking noticing the sound of your feet on the pavement perhaps the birds in the trees or the leaves in the trees rustling. Your sense of taste when smelling a food that you really like you can almost taste it right? Just prior to eating take a good look at your food and let yourself enjoy the flavours by eating a little slower and allowing it to digest a little before taking the next mouthful. Of course our sight, what do you see and notice when you are out in the world, beautiful sunsets, colours that you love. Our sight is our first view and thoughts of any judgement of what we notice before most of our other senses kick in. Really tap into your senses this week and notice how this makes you FEEL! This will enrich your life just by noticing things as if you are seeing them for the first time in your life, allow yourself to have some WOW factor.
After completing this lecture, you will start to recognise the difference of listening to your own intuition by allowing yourself to be guided by what that is. So in other words noticing when something does not feel congruent for you (i.e. when you do not feel good about something you have said or chosen to do and it does not sit right for you). When allowing yourself to have those moments of silence or just moving towards your own instinct without questioning it because it just feels good even if you don't really quite understand why your heading towards it. Once tapping into your own higher self you will not question things or talking yourself out of something because your mind is saying but what if this happens or that happens and l fail you will rather be saying to yourself this could be incredibly advantageous to me and l am going for it whilst allowing myself to enjoy the experiences along the way. So l guess Feel the Fear and do it anyway reminding yourself that it is progress rather than perfection as we are all only human. Some of the most successful people in life failed at certain things which is how the learnt to do it differently next time as opposed to repeating the same things over and over and wondering why nothing seemed to work. Beautiful things happen when you Believe in yourself!
This is an interview with Carmel one of my clients at a place by the name of Hands on Health on the Mornington Peninsula. This is a non for profit organization where a team of Chiropractors, Naturapath, Massage therapist and others myself included volunteer our services once a week. When l first met Carmel back in January 2016 she was in a pretty bad place, obesely overweight and had not ventured out of her home much for the past 10 years. Carmel tells a little bit of her story and states that being referred to HOH by her doctor was the best thing that happened to her. She came to me and the first thing we started to work on was her mindset, in the last 15 months Carmel has completely changed her whole lifestyle and up to now has lost 60 kilos and still going. This video was filmed back in October 2016 so she has lost quite a bit more weight after this was made. Carmel is an absolute inspiration and l am so happy to see her living her life to the fullest and really embracing everything that is happening to her now. She tells me there is no turning back and l absolutely believe her. When a person hits rock bottom is often when they are ready to make the changes and l think Carmel had hit rock bottom. She is now continuing on her amazing journey of life!
This lecture is an interview with a friend of mine Melissa who had wanted to be attending one of the mindfulness courses l facilitated at Lotus Chiropractic Centre in Mt.Eliza Melissa had been very busy and l caught up with her at another friends dinner party, l had not seen her for a long time, she said she had been very busy at work etc but still wanted to attend one of my courses, and proceeded to ask when l was facilitating the next one, which happened to be in a weeks time. So she said right l am coming this time and am going to make the time, this is when l knew she was ready. I am a firm believer that a person has to be ready and want to change something in their lives for it to be of benefit to them. So in this interview Melissa talks about how enrolling into the course and practicing and actioning being mindful in all areas of her life created a bigger changes than she would have imagined. Melissa is now embracing her life and being her true self of which she states she hadn't even known who that was for a very long time. I always say if l can help one person with their life it will have a ripple effect on their family, friends and others they may come in contact with to change and live a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life for the rest of their life.
I am a certified NLP (Nuero-linguistic Programming) Coach and have been trained in Mindfulness as a trainer at Monash University - Have been facilitating mindfulness meditation courses in person for the last four years and am now bringing this course for people to have the opportunity to participate online whilst keeping it as personal as l can. I will be happy for people to email me any questions you may have in regards to creating more awareness of how you can live a happy fulfilling life in all of your daily affairs by becoming your very own best friend and embracing life. Start by taking the small steps in creating BIG change overtime.