8 Ways to Live Mindfully

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  1. Be aware of your surroundings. While you’re walking, standing or sitting, be aware of the nature, people and architecture that surrounds you.
  2. Meditate. Set aside a time each day to sit still and focus on your breathing. When thoughts arise, try to simply view your thoughts as passing mental even, rather than judging them as positive or negative.
  3. Practice listening to others. Mindfulness can help us really listen more fully to what others are saying, by being present and attentive to their words.
  4. Express kindness. Make a point of expressing gratitude and appreciation of others; this will help to keep you in the present experience.
  5. Be still and dedicate some time to doing nothing and just ‘being’. As more and more of our time is filled with e-mails, texts, social media and entertainment, periods of silence and time alone brings respite.
  6. Slow down. Try to do just one task at a time, and eat slowly, taking time to appreciate the food you are feeding your body.
  7. Don’t sweat the small stuff. When we hold on to anxiety, it makes it more difficult to live within the moment. Allow yourself to feel your feelings, then let them be.
  8. Make every day chores and tasks a meditation. Cooking and cleaning are often seen as a drudgery, but actually they are good ways to practice mindfulness and can make great daily rituals.

FAQs Frequently asked questions?

MBCT and MBSR are both 8-week programmes designed to embed the techniques of Mindfulness into a daily routine. MBSR is a scientifically researched method in which stress reduction and reduction of medical symptoms take a central place. It was developed some 25 years ago in the US by John Kabat-Zinn. In the meantime, it has spread to over 15 countries, including England, Germany, Holland and Belgium. Its enormous popularity in the medical world has now spread to schools, the legal profession, and a number of prisons and is used as a general stress management system.

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) was developed by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale, based on MBSR. The MBCT programme was designed specifically to help people who suffer repeated bouts of depression and has elements from cognitive behavioural therapy to help break negative thought patterns.

This Mindfulness Well-Being Programme is also an 8-week programme where the techniques and practice of mindfulness are embedded throughout the course, however we also use findings and best practice from the fields of Positive, Cognitive and Neuro Psychology to provide a more holistic approach of how to actualise human potential.

Mindfulness focuses on the interconnectedness of mind and body and emotions thus making it relevant for normal people who want to be more productive, resilient and creative and want to actualise their potential. This course of Mindfulness Wellbeing also embraces positive psychology that focuses on increasing happiness and wellbeing. This is something everyone can benefit from and our mental and physical health lies at the heart of our quality of life. We know we must exercise our bodies to remain healthy; the same principle applies to our mind. It needs attention and training to remain healthy and focused.
Mindfulness does not strive to achieve any goals and accepts that the mind wanders naturally. At the core of the non-judgmental approach is an attitude of being kind to ourselves, and gently bringing the mind back to the moment. This takes patience and practice and by objectively observing our own minds we come to understand and train it in a more positive way. There are different schools of thought of practicing meditation and mindfulness meditation is one of them.
It is true there are a lot of books that can take you through a process of Mindfulness. However, of the 25 people attending our course, three quarters of them had read the book already but still signed up for the course as it is much more motivating to practice a new skill on a programme with others. The group members support each other with feedback sessions. It is the same principle as exercise classes. How often do you exercise at home alone? The group motivates us to keep up the practice and thereby learn the skills.
Jon Kabat Zinn is responsible for transporting the Buddhist concept of Mindfulness to Western Psychological practice 30 years ago. However all religions would claim to have similar practices.

A number of mindfulness-based therapies have been developed and applied in Western mental health settings, (MBSR) and (MBCT). The evidence for their effectiveness is strong and convincing particularly regarding coping with psychological aspects of physical health and depression. It has developed into a secular discipline over the last 30 years.

Grinder and Bandler in the 70s formalized their modeling techniques and their own individual contributions under the name “Neuro-Linguistic Programming” to symbolize the relationship between the brain, language and the body. Through the years, NLP has developed some very powerful tools and skills for communication and change in a wide range of professional areas. There are elements common within NLP to MWB, but it is by no means the same.
If you are seeking medical assistance and/or under the care of your GP for mental illness, this programme may not be right for you. This programme will assist in stress reduction and general feelings of malaise, however depression must be treated primarily by your GP.
We adhere to the Good Practice Guidance for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses published by the UK Network of Mindfulness-Based Teacher Trainers. We are qualified in teaching and facilitating groups plus we are qualified in Psychology and Coaching and have extensive knowledge of holistic practices. Mindfulness teachings are in the early stage of evolution and an accredited process has not been fully implemented. We are adhering to the process of accreditation as it evolves.
About 3,000 students in Britain have been taught mindfulness techniques, and numbers are growing. The principal at Bethnal Green academy, Mark Keary, was keen to support teacher Dominic Morris in establishing mindfulness in the school, especially when he learned it could lead to improved concentration during lessons. The school, recently judged “outstanding” by Ofsted, serves a deprived area. “Mindfulness is a discipline that can help us tap into our students’ potential,” says Keary.
We really do offer this guarantee and no one has claimed to date as all testimonials are positive and all attendees would recommend this programme to others. However we are committed to enforcing it.

We guarantee that if you follow the iCHOOSEMe techniques and apply them regularly you will achieve GREATER PEACE WITHIN with an improved SENSE and FOCUS on who you are. We will offer 3 free coaching sessions or your money back if you feel at all concerned with your outcomes.

Guarantee valid for 6 months following date of last workshop.