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Mindfulness in Daily Living Classes
What is mindfulness and how does it help with mental well-being?
Mindfulness is the practice of being present and the acceptance of what is there without judgement, attachment or expectations. It is based on Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are and is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. The process of Mindfulness is paying attention on life as it is occurring with an openness, curiosity and inquiring observation without the reactions of our conditioned mind. Mindfulness can be cultivated by anyone irrespective of religions, spiritual, cultural or status. Self awareness and living consciously is expanded with mindfulness as we bring our mind to focus on what is happening in the present as an observer enjoying and learning from experiences rising and falling in the moment. As mindfulness deepens, we become more Self aware of the nature of who we are outside of the conditions of our minds.
Mindfulness cultivates a conscious connection with life moment by moment that gradually centres the mind in the present to experience new stories of who we are untainted by past experiences. The reactive nature of the mind quietens down as we give less focus and attention to its constant chattering.
Kabat-Zinn defines Mindfulness as “the awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally”. By focusing on the breath, the idea is to cultivate attention on the body and mind as it is moment to moment, and so it helps with pain, both physical and emotional. This is because for most undeveloped habits of human thinking it has a tendency to focus on the negative mental and emotional re-activeness of the conditioned mind and the pain body symptoms activated.
“Neuroscientists have found that meditators shift their brain activity to different areas of the cortex…This mental shift decreases the negative effects of stress, mild depression and anxiety. …The researchers found that the meditators showed a pronounced shift in activity to the left frontal lobe. In other words, they were calmer and happier than before.” – Psychology Today
Mindfulness involves acceptance through paying attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them, without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
Meditation on the other hand is a practice of stilling the mind using the mindfulness elements and breath-work to refocus the mind inwards. The purpose of quietening the mind is to gradually move our awareness to higher states of consciousness where we can perceive life from a universal level expanding our awareness from the conditioned perception of the programmed human mind to the wholeness and unlimited understanding and potentials of the spiritual mind. Meditation has many processes and techniques and are facilitated in many forms depending on their origin and the learning and development of the facilitator or teacher of the practice. There are so many different schools of these practices that any student will be able to find one that resonates with their unique needs and requirement. There is no right or wrong the litmus test is how your chosen practice affects you and how it meets your needs.
This Mindfulness Class combines Meditation and Mindfulness ancient teachings in a modern context with processes and techniques to develop the abilities of the mind to be more mindful, conscious, aware, focus and present. The weekly classes cover different ways to apply mindfulness to everyday living as well as spiritual guidance for expansion of self and spiritual awareness giving the practice depth, purposefulness, clarity and variety. It develops more openness to life as it is, to go with the flow, to live more connected with life engaging all our senses instead of just mind connectivity. Opening of our Higher Heart is another central element to Meditation as the balance of heart, mind, body with Spirit are central to this practice.
Theses classes are suitable for anyone seeking to develop the elements outlined above and as a stepping stone towards meditation as it is not always easy to bring the mind to a still-point if it has been so conditioned to its mental noise and excessive thinking. One does not have to understand spirituality to practice Mindfulness as the focus is external and practical in its nature.
Most evidence suggests the reason for these positive changes are a result of the psycho-physical experience of relaxation that formal mindfulness practice causes – blood pressure drops, heart rate slows and our breathing slows and deepens. They also suggest that with regular, long-term practice our brain ‘rewires’ itself so that the neural pathways that make us calmer and less reactive are strengthened and are used more frequently. Lastly, with the increased self-awareness that occurs with long term mindfulness practice, people are able to make decisions that are better for them, rather than reactive decisions based on anger, fear or stress.
Mindfulness can help
- reduce stress, anxiety, worry and depression
- increase attention, focus and decision-making and problem solving abilities
- improve relaxation and sleeping disorders
- increase energy flow reducing the highs and lows of emotional reaction
- build self-confidence, esteem and general positive self-imaging
- increase deeper connectivity with ourselves and external relationships
- expand self awareness and presence
- cultivate a purposeful, meaningful and self directive life
- General feel of well-being, happiness and joy
To book your seat please go to Mindfulness in Daily Living.
Dress Mode and what to bring
Dress comfortably, our Centre has heating and cooling system. For hygiene reasons please bring a throw rug if you feel the cold as you are lying down or sitting during meditation and a bottle of water as its a good idea to have a drink to ground the energy after a meditation. Meditation Mats, cushions and chairs are provided.
We have free parking in the front of the Centre and on the street. Please park anywhere other than car bays that are assigned to businesses we share the premises with.
All healing processes offered at the Monad Centre should not replace any existing medical treatments or medications. They are supportive and complementary to the overall management of health and wellness. You should seek professional medical advice if ailments persist.