Counselling in Gwynedd, North Wales – An Introduction to Mindfulness
Mindfulness is an ancient eastern practice and is a way of being, where we pay careful attention to all of our experience. The teaching and practice of mindfulness is central to Buddhism.
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to our feelings, our thoughts and physical sensations like, smell, touch and sound in the present moment. Our lives tend to be very busy and we do not always notice these experiences and so miss them. We often undertake tasks like driving the car or walking on “autopilot”, often not being aware of what we are doing – maybe we are thinking about something we have to do later or remembering what someone said to us earlier.
This is sometimes refered to as not being “present” in the moment – we maybe preoccupied by negative thoughts or feeling like we are miles away without us even realising it. This can be referred to as being on autopilot and when we are in this postition, stressful situations or events can impact on us, they may trigger unhelpful or negative thinking patterns with can sometimes lead to worry, anxiety or stress.
Mindfulness is about bringing all these thoughts, feelings and sensations in to our awareness and learning to control our focus of attention in a non judgemental way. When we do this, we become more grounded and more connected with our inner self and habits can become more apparant – this gives us the opportunity to change these habits or negative thoughts.
There are several ways to become more mindful, e.g mindful meditation, mindful breathing, mindful eating.
If you would like to know more about mindfulness as part of on-going therapy, please do not hesistate to contact me and we can discuss this at an initial assessment session.
Alternatively, if you would like to know more about mindfulness in general, there are numerous courses run and there are some very good websites, c.d’s and audiotapes available.
I hope you have found this introduction to mindfulness helpful.