Mindfulness & Meditation Therapy
Mindfulness is a very simple form of meditation that was little known in the West until recently. A typical meditation consists of focusing your full attention on your breath as it flows in and out of your body. Focusing on each breath in this way allows you to observe your thoughts as they arise in your mind and, little by little, to let go of struggling with them. With practice you become to understand that thoughts and feelings (including negative ones) are temporary. They come and they go, and ultimately, you have a choice about whether to act on them or not.
Mindfulness is about observation without criticism and being compassionate with yourself, it allows you to catch negative thought patterns before they tip you into a downward spiral and it begins the process of putting you back in control of your life.
Over time, mindfulness brings about long-term changes in mood and levels of happiness and well being. Here are a few of the main proven benefits of mindfulness meditation:
- Anxiety, stress, depression, exhaustion and irritability all decrease with regular sessions of meditation.
- Mindfulness reduces addictive and self-destructive behaviour. These include the abuse of illegal and prescription drugs and excessive alcohol intake.
- Meditation enhances brain function. It increases grey matter in areas associated with self-awareness, empathy, self-control and attention
- It soothes the parts of the brain that produce stress hormones and builds those areas that lift mood and promote learning.
- Memory improves, reaction times become faster and mental and physical stamina increase.
Making time to drop everything and just breathe can be difficult. If you would like to, try syncing your breathing to this to help you calm down and relax.