Effortlessness – Rest in the open space of now
The path of mindfulness are the senses. Mindfulness is a unique way of paying attention to, and seeing clearly, whatever is happening in our lives without intellectualisation. It is the relaxed awareness of everything that arises within and around us from moment to moment as it is. It is an awareness of everything we see, hear, feel and think. In essence mindfulness is the effortless acceptance of life as it is in each moment. The prfound simplicity of mindfulness is we learn we don’t have to do anything with anything.
Mindfulness helps us to be with the pressures in life in a calmer manner. The simplcitiy of the practice helps us to observe the pssibility of a life free from the habitual, often unconscious emotional and physiological reactions to everyday events. Mindfulness helps be aware of these destructive thoughts when they arise and prevent them from invading our minds further. As we cannot make changes in the pattern of our life until we begin to see for ourselves exactly as we are now.
Mindfulness is often cultivated through mindfulness meditation, a practice characterized by compassionate, aware, and non-reactive engagement with immediate experience. Through mindful meditation you will be able to slow down mentally, emotionally and physically and give yourself space to focus on and develop your personal character strengths. Mindfulness is a profound way to enhance psychological and emotional resilience, and increase life satisfaction.
The Benefits of Mindfulness
Practising mindfulness helps you:
- to be fully present, here and now
- to experience unpleasant thoughts and feelings safely
- to become aware of what you’re avoiding
- to become more connected to yourself, to others and to the world around you
- to increase self-awareness
- to become less disturbed by and less reactive to unpleasant experiences
- to learn the distinction between you and your thoughts
- to have more direct contact with the world, rather than living through your thoughts
- to learn that everything changes; that thoughts and feelings come and go like the weather
- to have more balance, more calm and peacefulness
- less emotionl volatility
- to develop self-acceptance and self-compassion