Tóg seans é- Bí Cróga
(Yoga Mats, Poetry & Meditative cushions optional)!
After all it is your unique journey.
Mindfulness is Life's Olive Branch-
A Compassion & Resilience Reserve Kit!
One we can attune to and once we become wise to its frequency ~ we glimpse the latent combined power of (mind, heart & body).We start to learn how to harness a 'perceptive life skill.' One that empowers us to 'authentically' pause, notice and attend wisely, to choose & take responsibility & respond mindfully to life experiences...
Awakened, Aware & Alive to both the stark challenges ahead
& the untapped possibilities.
"We can choose courage or we can choose comfort but we can't have both."
Mindfulness : The Uncharted Terrain
Harsh things Happen...yet in that stark space Mindfulness can help~ shaping ways to work honestly & creatively with change & loss. Scientific Evidence is clear (Bonanno, 2019;Penman 2015; Fredrickson et al., 2008) Mindfulness helps build Inner resources & Resiliency. How? The concept of identity is closely aligned with our inner thought & perceptions- At times our 'Inner Critic' (mind) can stifle & overpower, draining our physical & mental resources as the mind baits - 'that is outside your reach, you are not able to, this is what you deserve, don't even try!' This mind baiting can paralyze & take the power of choice away! It also depletes our reserves of energy, sadly feeding anxiety and stress and can lead to poor health or burnout. YET This same Mind can also empower & guide us towards inner resiliency & redirect our energy to nurturing & boosting overall Positive health & wellbeing.
Mindfulness is a practice not unlike Music: It is not a cult following or religion. This means it takes discipline to bring it into your daily life!
It is also not a plethora of quick fix solutions for issues impacting mental health but it can offer insight - How? Through practice Mindfulness helps us to notice a particular 'spacious awareness' that arises through paying attention- on purpose in the present, non -judgmentally. As you move steadily through the various Practices you begin to perceive the minds affinity for 'incessant commentary' on experience (the good, the bad & the neutral) that in actuality is often not based on factual evidence or remotely objective! The mind's tendency to form habits(short-cut routines to quickly by pass onto the next situation)can 'at times mislead' - coaxing us to overlook even disregard the phenomena that not all thoughts are facts! Unchecked - This impacts our behaviours & we can act reactively (& this can lead to regret). Pause rather than action may be the more responsive choice? In essence, Mindfulness is creating a 'compassionate space' that invites you to decide wisely & choose your informed response. Awareness Cultivated is time well spent!
How & what do I know? I am Nicki, a dedicated Educator, Psychologist, Founding Principal & Mindfulness practitioner involved in Resilience & Widowed Young research. As a Doctor of Education I fully acknowledge it is the 'lived experience' that most vibrantly informs my research & leads me to share my story.
The term MINDFULNESS is too often mystified & elevated as an elusive practice. Whereas in reality Mindfulness is often a key ingredient of daily life coping. Its elements simply hidden in plain sight...call it resiliency, time or natures healing power, attentive awareness, neurological plasticity, psychological flexibility or growth mindset in times of upheaval, trauma & hardship or simply name it unflinching hope- At its heart Mindfulness is an 'Uncharted Inner Terrain Adventure' tailored uniquely by & for you ...awaiting to be explored.
Mindfulness is ubiquitous - ever present it can be cultivated whenever & wherever you are by intentional placing your undivided attention to the present without trying to control or change it. Not an easy ask! It seems almost like a contradiction- our brains are wired for activity... Right? this is why Mindfulness is a Practice- Not a Religion, not a quick fix but a gateway...
Why is it so easy to fall into a state of tension, anxiety & perpetual distraction?
Our default mode of operating @ autopilot- Take heart, as Habits are often beneficial & helpful- they are indeed 'Super Powered Cognitive time-savers!' However, left unchecked Habits can inform "unhealthy & unhelpful daily choices!" A way to work with & take notice of this default mode is to practice Mindfulness. Why? The discipline invites you to notice the workings of the mind- (wandering), Not asking you to stop/change it but the 'Attentive Awareness' that it happens is powerful.- You decide what to do with that knowledge?