If we are more aware of our thoughts, feelings and body sensations, from moment to moment, we give ourselves the possibility of having greater freedom and choice. This takes us away from the old ‘mental ruts’ that may have caused us problems in the past.
A good starting point for the beginner is to try to be more open-minded. Perform one new action as an experiment and don’t pre-judge how you will feel until this has been completed. Trying new behaviours can be interesting in itself.
Don’t expect things to change over night and don’t expect miracles, but even making a one per cent change in your activity pattern, for example, increasing those activities that nourish you and decreasing those that deplete you, can help in regaining an overall sense of control.
When we become anxious and stressed out, we are like cars that are over-revving and it can be difficult to stop the effects that the stress hormone cortisol is having on our minds and bodies.
There is evidence that if you have as little as eight weeks of this simple technique of meditation you can reduce the size of the amygdala, which controls our fight or flight response. This means that practitioners of meditation are less prone to angry outbursts and over-reacting to certain situations.
There are now several opportunities throughout the country to enroll onto a Mindfulness Course and really get to grips in a safe and controlled environment with the practices of Mindful Meditation, such as our one at Clue Hill Farm.
The so-called ‘Serenity Prayer” asks for:
‘Grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.’
If we can learn how to realize all of the above, then we have succeeded in moment-by-moment mindful awareness.
For an example from Jon Kabat-Zinn on ‘Healing the Mind’ do take a look at the YouTube recording:
To be able to turn your life around you may only require an introduction and guide to all of the above practices, we have the perfect solution to that:
These were the comments from Angela on our last day:
‘Would definitely recommend and come again myself. A truly wonderful day – thank you!’