Bringing mindfulness into every day
Mindfulness is the basic human ability of being fully present, aware of
where we are, what is happening and what we're doing, whilst not being
overly reactive or overwhelmed by what's going on around us.
We naturally have the capacity to be present but so often our mind takes
flight, we lose touch with our body, and pretty soon we can end up engrossed
in obsessive thoughts about something that just happened, or fretting
about the future. And that makes us anxious.
It's all too easy to rush through life without noticing what's going on
and not appreciating the good stuff around us. Busyness can lead to us
living on 'automatic pilot'. When this becomes a habitual state, it can
be associated with a number of stress related health problems.
Practicing mindfulness gives us some time in our lives when we can suspend
judgement and unleash our natural curiosity about the workings of the
mind, approaching our experience with warmth and kindness to ourselves
and to others. Taking a pause and choosing how we act helps us to alter
our habitual responses. Even a little bit of mindfulness makes our lives better.
It's evidence-based. Both science and experience demonstrate its positive
benefits for our health, our happiness, our self, and our relationships.
Anyone can do it. Mindfulness practice does not require anyone to change
their beliefs. Everyone can benefit and it's easy to learn. All we need
to do is to develop the intention and motivation to practise so we develop
a new habit. Mindfulness can lead us to effective, resilient responses
as we deal with our world's increasing complexity.
Melva Burton and Susan Whitehead have both trained with the Mindfulness Association
to delivery the Mindfulness Based Living Course.
Melva is a coach and trainer who, through the charity Being on Purpose, also runs Mindfulness
Based Relapse Prevention and Mindfulness for Recovery courses. Susan has spent over thirty years
working in the civil service and is now pursuing her dream of sharing her passion for mindfulness with
others. Melva and Susan have seen first hand the transformative power that mindfulness practice has on
people's daily lives and they are keen to share this with people in East Lancashire.