Benefits From Mindfulness Practices


 

Mindfulness practice is becoming increasingly popular as a therapeutic application in the care of clients with a wide range of psychological and physical health problems.
These practices are simple and practical.

Science informs us that all phenomenon in nature are subject to impermanence or, in continuous 'flow'. Pleasant and unpleasant experiences come and go subject to conditions. This includes our emotional states, behaviours and moods. As you read this, right now, you'll have an automatic feelings response to the words and a corresponding stream of feeling sensations in your body.

When we're stressed or anxious we tend to move into an automatic 'aversion' response. This prevents the natural 'flow' of experience'.  We tend to 'cling' to negative emotions or unhelpful behaviours automatically, or we develop a tendency to push away unpleasant thoughts from our mind, which causes suffering.

In short, mindful practices help to re-align us with the natural 'flow' of - even our unpleasant experiences. Mindfulness practices help us to 'respond' rather than 'react' to our negative states of mind, difficult people or situations. They offer us a middle way solution that helps avoid the uneccessary tensions associated with 'clinging' and 'aversion'.

Working with our habitual, automatic and unhelpful habits in this way creates a 'Gap' (sometimes known as the gap to freedom) This creates an opportunity to choose wiser, more skillful responses that bring freedom from the cyclical nature of the automatic processes - which can lead us into downward spirals of low mood, stress and anxiety.


Useful Mindfulness Practices


Cultivating Kindly Or Positive Emotion - towards ourselves or others (even our enemies) can help reduce our clinging to destructive negative emotions such as fear, hatred and craving.


Focusing In On Our Breath - is grounding/calming for the mind. We gain greater perspective on our irrational behaviours. We gain clarity and a feeling of manageability.


Paying Attention To Bodily sensations - helps us to identify our states of mind early on. With this awareness we can actively choose how next to act.


Practicing Acceptance - produces a 'let things be' as they are attitude. This releases us from the cyclical tensions caused from clinging or pushing away our unpleasant thoughts and feelings. Acceptance does not mean becoming a doormat or tolerating abuse. Our values, dignity and integrity are in fact more likely to be maintained.


Developing Gratitude - helps us to focus our mind on what is nurishing and fulfilling in our lives. This can be a helpful antidote to our habiual sense of lack or discontent so common in modern life.  It produces warm positive and expansive states of mind.