Mindfulness & Stress Reduction

Mindfulness & Stress Reduction

“I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious.”-Albert Einstein.

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” ― Amit Ray

The word mindfulness has taken a lot of media but storm, often misconstrued as a formal meditation practice. Whilst the roots of mindfulness come to us from Buddhism, mindfulness is a modern, Western practice and most often practiced outside of any formal spiritual contexts. Mindfulness, at its essence, is simply being present. This means paying attention to what is happening right now. Without judgment. Without overthinking. It is acceptance of the present moment. When the term “mindfulness” was coined by Jon Kabat-Zinn in the 1970s, we could see that it reduced stress and helped people feel better, but we didn’t fully understand how or why it worked. Now, we know that mindfulness makes actual physical changes to our brains and bodies—and we have the science to prove it. Mindfulness is often prescribed to people with health problems as a way of encouraging them to lead fuller and healthier lives. The emphasis of mindfulness is staying in the present moment and can be practiced through meditative practices.

How can mindfulness change my brain?

MRI scans show that with just eight weeks of regular mindfulness meditation, the cortex becomes thicker and activity in the amygdala decreases, giving us better control over our thoughts, emotions, and how we function in the world. Be inspired by your own capabilities. Learn more about your mind and how you can cultivate safety, regulation and calm within. We see clients every day gain better control of their distressing emotions, by challenging their negative thoughts, learning how to self sooth, and become experts in their own wellbeing.
Chronic stress can lead to a wide variety of symptoms such as;
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Low self esteem
  • Increased day dreaming
  • Insensitivity to others
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Hostility and aggression
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Distractibility

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