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RTE's Nationwide features Mindfulness Matters (July 2014)

About Mindfulness

 

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?

Many of us live ‘mindlessly’ or on ‘auto pilot’. We are easily distracted and 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

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 practise to convince us.

 

Dr. Bernie Siegel, esteemed surgeon and author, strongly advocates meditation for his patients. In his book ‘Love, Medicine and Miracles’ he says “I know of no other single activity that by itself can produce such great improvement in the quality of life’. 

Derval's experience of PTDS and Chronic Fatigue have fueled her passion for sharing mindfulness-based practices.

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit" 

Aristotle

 

 

Contact Derval Dunford 087 2888740

info@mindfulnessmatters.ie

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