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We are so used to our busy minds, we don’t even notice how chaotic it gets in there. We were taught to be busy – but we were never taught to just be.
Can you guess how often we rehash the past (and experience guilt, shame, anger, regret) or rehearse the future (stress and anxiety)? Almost half of the time. Yes, really - it has been estimated that we are lost in ‘mind wandering’, on average, 47% of our waking time! Almost half of the time we are not really ‘here’. This in turn leads to burn-out, depression, overeating, lack of focus and motivation, and ultimately physical health problems.
Thankfully, mindfulness comes to the rescue. Learning to bring kind, non-judgemental attention to the present as it is, and recognising that we have thoughts but we aren’t the thoughts, returns us fully to our lives – and to better health. Hundreds of studies have documented the physical changes to the brain which regular practice produces, whose benefits include:
contentedness and resilience in the face of adversity
focus, energy and efficiency
an increase in compassion, love and happiness
improved heart rate, blood pressure and immune system
increased confidence and self-esteem
I am a qualified practitioner of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), which combines the ideas of cognitive therapy with the practices and attitudes of mindfulness, and is designed to help people who suffer from repeated bouts of depression.
I am available for one-to-one or group-based personalised sessions, workshops and courses - if you're a beginner, have a look at Gateway to Mindfulness in the courses page!
Tasters are also possible. Educational and corporate enquiries welcome.
Find my free meditation tracks on Insight Timer: https://insighttimer.com/alexandra74
You can see some of my mindfulness videos here.