Mindfulness is being aware of your body, thoughts, and emotions in the present moment. It helps us to learn how to respond differently to difficult situations. Instead of reacting immediately or thinking the worst; we learn to stop and come back to our direct experience now.
“Most of the time our attention is not where we intended it to be. It is hijacked by our thoughts and emotions, by our concerns, by our worries for the future, and our regrets and memories of the past. Mindful awareness is about learning to pay attention, in the present moment, and without judgment. It’s like training a muscle – training attention to be where you want it to be. This reduces our tendency to work on autopilot, allowing us to us choose how we respond and react” – Professor Mark William
Recently Mindfulness has received more widespread recognition, and there are now hundreds of research studies that support the positive benefits of practicing mindfulness. Also, mindfulness is being used in Boardrooms, Schools, Hospitals and other places across the world to help manage the challenges of the modern workplace.
Reduced stress and the ability to cope better with stressful situations
Improved memory and concentration
Better emotional resilience
Increased ability to relax
These skills and benefits are achieved through learning habit-breaking techniques, short meditations, gentle movement, and breathing exercises. The Mindfulness taught at The Little Breathing Space is secular, we sit on chairs, lay down or stand up, and we don’t chant.
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