There are many benefits of mindfulness and meditation. This is an evidence-based approach to personal change and improving mental health. Read on to discover more – and remember this page only scratches the surface of possibilities.
“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally, in the service of self-understanding and wisdom.”Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
The benefits of mindfulness include:
- Improved concentration and reduction in negative over-thinking that contributes to excess stress.
- Ability to understand, tolerate, and deal with our emotions in healthy ways.
- A boost to our immune system, making us better able to fight off diseases.
- Changes to our habitual responses by encouraging us to pause and choose how we act.
- Experiencing life as we live it directly through our five senses – fully tasting our food; fully sensing the aromas around us; seeing in rich detail; hearing fully; and fully experiencing all we touch.
- Recognizing the thoughts we are having.
- Learning how our minds work and being better able to label our thoughts and feelings, instead of allowing them to overpower us and dictate our behaviour.
- Experiencing lower levels of stress, anxiety and overwhelm.
How are Mindful Life courses designed?
I bring my experience as a lecturer, tutor and teacher from the past 30 years into my online course designs. As well as holding the Postgraduate Certificate in the Education of Adults (University of Surrey) I am a Master of Arts in Education (Open University). I have taught face-to-face and worked as a learning designer. I bring all that expertise to Mindful Life.
In addition, Mindful Life is a new phase of my career, both in terms of content (I have taught mindfulness courses face-to-face, and this a new dimension to teaching now I’m doing so online) and in terms of working directly with learners and able to respond directly to feedback without applying to a committee to approve changes.
While my work continues to be grounded in my experience and qualifications, I aim to bring ‘beginners mind’ to my new course designs. That means thinking though the content and structure of a course from first principles with the aim of creating something innovative, effective and engaging.
“Meditation is a precise technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness that is totally different from the normal waking state.”
Most of my work is focused on mindfulness as this is an easily accessible type of meditation that has been shown to achieve excellent results. I do meditate and encourage you to do so too. I produce guided visualisations to assist you in experiencing the meditative state.
Over time, I will be adding a series of guided mediation MP3 files – some free, some for a fee. Depending on the topic, these will be spoken word only, narration with a backing (music or natural sounds) or making use of binaural beats (see side bar). These meditations are written, produced and recorded by me, using professional equipment. Where appropriate they also form part of the additional resources included with courses.
- Money Mind
- Monkey Mind
- Law of Attraction
- Chakra Opening
- Heart Journey
- Higher Consciousness
- Peak Performance
- Positive Thinking
- Brain Training
- Stress and Anxiety
Guided meditation can take you on an amazing journey into unknown rooms of your mind. People report lower blood pressure; better ability to visualise and so improving ‘right brain’ thinking; a deepening of the connection between the conscious and unconscious minds; and a developing ability to relax at any depth. Use this approach to add to the benefits of mindfulness.
Now … find out more about me, read about my online courses, and join my online meditation and mindfulness community.