Mindfulness Grantham & Newark

Mindfulness Nottingham and Lincoln

Mindfulness Grantham and Newark

Mindfulness is a very old and simple practical practice which is so helpful for everyone. It uses the breath, similar to meditation and yoga and diaphragmatic breathing to develop the simple acts of observation, awareness, clarity and acceptance of your present-moment reality by allowing thoughts and feelings to come and go without getting caught up in them by bringing your attention back to your breathing.
This creates calmness and acceptance in the present. Most of us tend to dwell in the past and the future with ‘busy’ thoughts.

Practicing mindfulness allows us to be fully present in our life and work, and improve our quality of life by paying careful attention to what is happening in the present moment, whether it be a sight, a sound, a taste, a smell, a sensation in the body, or thoughts as well as emotions with less judgement and criticism. By becoming more aware of our thoughts, feelings, and body sensations, from moment to moment, things can be experienced from a wider perspective as passing events in the mind which gives us the possibility of greater freedom and choice to live with more ease and balance.

Through its practice, mindfulness calms and steadies the mind allowing a clarity and understanding which allows us to identify what emotions and thoughts are present in our minds at the moment. With this clearer view, we learn to recognise and step away from habitual, often unconscious emotional and physiological reactions to everyday events where we can make the best choice about how to respond to these emotions and thoughts in a calmer manner—choices that will lessen our overall distress.

For example, if we are suffering from pain, we may also be feeling frustration and perhaps hopelessness. We have a choice here, we can let the frustration and hopelessness increase and get stronger which of course will raise our distress and suffering which subsequently increases our physical pain because the muscles surrounding the pain tighten in response to our emotions or, we can respond to our frustration by mindfully acknowledging it and begin to direct our minds toward tenderness and compassion for ourselves.

Mindfulness is a mind-body based approach that helps people engage with and change the way they think and feel about their experiences, particularly stressful experiences. Using mindfulness to handle negative experiences (thoughts, physical sensations, emotions, sights, sounds, smells, events) where we can choose and learn to control our focus of attention can create less upsetting feelings, be more dispassionate, and increase our level of functioning and capability which in turn raises much more positivity in life.
Instead of being overwhelmed – we are better able to cope.

It is NOT about getting yourself to stop thinking.

The following areas can be particularly helped with a Mindfulness approach.

Therapy Grantham

A Simple Gentle Mindful Breathing Exercise

How long should you practice? If you are new to it, try to sit for 10 to 15 minutes and gradually increase to 20 or 30 minutes.
After a while, you might extend it to 45 minutes or an hour.

1. Sit comfortably, with your eyes open or closed and your back straight. If you have your eyes open, let your gaze rest gently on the floor in front of you about four to six feet away

2. Direct your attention lightly and naturally on the breath. Feel it as it comes into your body and as it goes out. Don’t get caught up in worrying about how you are breathing. Just let it be however it is.

3. When thoughts, emotions, physical feelings or external sounds occur, simply accept them, giving them the space to come and go without judging or getting involved with them.

4. When you notice that your attention has drifted off and becoming caught up in thoughts or feelings, simply note that the attention has drifted, and then gently bring your attention back to your breathing, your body and the environment. You can mentally say “breath” to yourself to do this as a neutral observation.

Please remember that mindfulness meditation is about practicing being mindful of whatever happens in the present.
It is NOT about getting yourself to stop thinking.
If you find you are thinking include it in your observation.

Michael is an experienced mindfulness teacher and metaphysician and has several professional therapy qualifications in clinical practice including experience of teaching therapeutic provision with groups and individuals, and has familiarity through personal participation with the mindfulness-based three core practices of body scan, sitting meditation and mindful movement.
He also keeps up to date with the current evidence base for mindfulness-based approaches which is important !

Mindfulness from Grantham serving Nottingham, Melton Mowbray, Bourne, Lincoln, Stamford, Sleaford, Grantham, Newark, Rutland, Oakham, and Peterborough.