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Mindfulness in daily life
One of the greatest benefits of mindfulness is that it is flexible and mobile. We can practise almost anywhere anytime!
When we operate in a state of distraction we miss out on so much of our lives. By learning to be present we learn to live life fully.
Research recognises that practicing mindfulness can have a positive effect on well-being of mind, body and spirit.
Developing the habit of being aware allows us to see each moment as a new beginning, a new opportunity. It helps create balance in the mind and frees us from limited thinking.
In theory many of us know this, we have read about it again and again, however while theory informs us, we need practice to convince us.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit"
What is Mindfulness?
Have you ever gone for a walk and suddenly realised that you didn't notice anything along the way? Or driven from A to B and remember nothing about the journey? That's mindlessness!
Many of us live ‘mindlessly’ or on ‘auto pilot’. We are easily distracted, we create the habit of ruminating about the past or predicting the future.
Mindfulness is a common sense approach to being present and seeing clearly. It frees us from automatic pilot mode, allows us to respond rather than react and as a result experience a little more contentment.
Benefits of Mindfulness
Supports restful sleep
Improve attention and concentration
Improve creativity and productivity
Support efficient and effective work
Improve self-esteem and self-worth
Enhances emotional intelligence and resilience
Helps counteracts the stress response
Enhances communication skills