Mindfulness 2018-05-11T14:00:04+00:00

WHAT IS MINDFULNESS

Mindfulness is awareness of our present moment by moment experience. It is attention training with a profound goal. Freeing us from the handcuffs of our habits allows us to make conscious choices and act freely with clarity, creativity and wisdom. Conscious choice is the foundation of long-lasting happiness and of a decisive and creative life. It makes us resilient to life’s inevitable ups and downs.

AFTER A MINDFULNESS PROGRAMME

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DAILY THOUGHTS
We have over 60,000 thoughts per day
(research by Fred Luskin, Stanford University).
90% of them are repetitive.
We are only present 47% of the time (Harvard University research).

GOOGLE STAFF AND MINDFULNESS COURSE
Mindfulness makes us more aware, more of the time.
Only 30% of Google staff paused before reacting.
This increased to 62% after a mindfulness course.

THE NEUROSCIENCE OF MINDFULNESS

WHAT OUR BRAIN LOOKS LIKE AFTER A MINDFULNESS COURSE

Magnetic resonance imaging has allowed researchers to see the neuro-plasticity of the brain after a Mindfulness course. Sara Lazar, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School, found an increase in grey matter in the Insula (empathy), Hippocampus (memory) and Pre-frontal cortex (reasoning) and a decrease in grey matter in the Amygdala (fires with stress increasing cortisol levels) and decreased cortisol levels after the course.

‘Fascinating to see the brain’s plasticity…by practising meditation, we can play an active role in changing the brain and increasing our well-being and quality of life.’

Research fellow Britta Holzel, Harvard Medical School.

MINDFULNESS HELPS

‘When people leave (a Mindfulness Training Programme) they check off on average 36% fewer symptoms than when they started.’

Massachusetts Professor of Medicine, Jon Kabat-Zinn, whose groundbreaking eight week mindfulness stress reduction programme has had over one million participants and been clinically proven to reduce anxiety, stress, chronic pain and depression.

Mindfulness helps with Anger management, Anxiety, Chronic pain, Depression, Insomnia, Memory, Stress and much more…

REDUCING STRESS

Reducing stress reduces or eliminates other problems like anxiety, depression, headaches, insomnia and resulting fatigue, menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes, nervousness.

‘Mindfulness stops you being yanked around by the voices in your head’ Dan Harris ABC News presenter

‘With equanimity you can deal with situations with calm and reason while keeping your inner happiness.’ The Dalai Lama

Aetna insurance employees showed a 28% reduction on stress after a Mindfulness Programme. Harvard Business Review

REDUCING PAIN

Mindfulness reduces pain of all sorts including backaches, headaches, abdominal pain, muscle pain, joint aches, postoperative pain, and chronic pain caused by many conditions.

As Mindfulness has a very good effect on reducing stress, it can help with all pains provoked by our bad habits coming from a busy and stress life. We aggravate a lot of the pain we feel by our resistance and reactivity. Kate Betteridge, a rheumatoid arthritis sufferer confirms it after Shireen’s mindfulness course: ‘Mindful walking has been a revelation. I have less pain as I’ve not been tensing my feet with each step.’

IMPROVING SLEEP

We increase happiness and well-being when we ‘commit to simple behaviours meditating, exercising, getting enough sleep.’ Dan Gilbert, author of a renowned Happiness study.

‘A (2016) report revealed that 80 per cent of Brits are suffering from lack of sleep…What’s more, sleep deprivation costs the UK economy £40 billion a year, due to our reduced productivity and health.’ The Independent newspaper

Aetna insurance employees showed 20% improved sleep after a Mindfulness Programme. Harvard Business Review

IMPROVING PRODUCTIVITY

A Mindfulness course helps people to get decisiveness, clarity, wisdom and creativity, reducing distraction and improving overall productivity levels.

Everybody knows that distraction is unproductive.

Aetna insurance employees showed a $3,000 increase productivity after a Mindfulness Programme.

Harvard Business Review