What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the act of being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling at that moment. Practising mindfulness involves being aware of your body, and its connections to your surroundings, and conscious of your thoughts and feelings as they arise.
Mindfulness can be achieved through a variety of methods, including breathing, guided imagery and other practices to relax the body and mind and reduce stress.
When you practice mindfulness, your thoughts tune into what you're sensing in the moment, rather than focusing on the past or future. Mindfulness is about maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and surrounding environment in a gentle way.
To explore the various benefits of mindfulness, Melbourne Wellness can work with you to find the best techniques and practises for your needs.
How can it help?
Mindfulness practices can be used in different ways and for different reasons. For some people, mindfulness can be a way to enhance health or performance. For others it may be primarily for self-exploration or a spiritual experience.
Engaging in mindful practices can positively impact both physical and mental health.
Mindful meditation can help with multiple conditions, including:
Experiencing stress, anxiety and symptoms of depression can be common results from the pressures of day-to-day life. Practising mindfulness can help you direct your attention away from these negative mindsets and better engage the world around you. Meditation can help you experience thoughts and emotions with greater balance and acceptance. It can help to improve attention, decrease the risk of job burnout, improve sleep and improve diabetes control.
Some more structured mindful exercises are:
Body scan meditation
This involves lying on your back with your arms at your sides with palms facing up and your legs extended. You then focus your attention slowly and deliberately on any sensations, emotions or thoughts associated with various parts of your body.
For this structured mindful exercise, sit comfortably with your back straight, feet flat and hands in your lap. Breathe through your nose, focusing on your breath moving in and out of your body. Take note of any physical sensations or thoughts that interrupt, and then gently return your focus towards breathing.
With walking meditation, it’s important to find a quiet area to walk, so try to avoid busy or noisy areas. Once you find a quiet place, begin walking slowly, focusing on the experience of walking. Pay attention to the various sensations of standing and the subtle movements you make to keep your balance.
Simple mindfulness can be practised anywhere, at any time you need it, and can easily be incorporated as part of your daily routine. For more structured mindfulness exercises, you may want to set aside time without distractions or interruptions.
We understand how important mindfulness can be to improving your everyday life and reducing stress caused by external and internal sources.
Mindfulness can help you better understand your unique personality and how you view the world.
Meditation and mindfulness practices teach you to focus on the present moment, with an open, and accepting attitude. Various methods and techniques can be used, each with its own benefits. However, more important than the technique employed is the underlying intention of the practice.
For mindfulness in Blackburn, visit the team at Melbourne Wellness.
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