Mindful Living

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Why has Mindfulness become so popular ?     

Neuroscience is proving a regular Mindful living practice can help improve our performance in a number of ways. It compliments our mental and physical performance while improving how we interact in our relationships, careers, with ourselves, and so many other areas. Our neural pathways change with repetition as we form new habits.

If we could consider that some habitual thought patterns are not very beneficial for us,  then why not the opposite – learn to understand our mind and thought processes a little better and help make ourselves feel better by understanding our mind ?

So, adopting Mindful living practices can help us improve our relationship with stress and anxiety, reduce our reactions which can make life simpler and flow …. interested ?…

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Why learn and practice Mindfulness, resilience and coherence ?

With practice, Mindful living can help us become more focused, calmer and clearer more often. It can help us be better prepared to manage stress, over reaction, anxiety and those feelings of an out of control or “monkey mind” – which is a common challenge for many people. There is a way, when you decide its time for to change habitual non-beneficial autopilot reactions.

Remember – If not now, then when 

Feedback from course participants – sleeping now, less stressed, able to focus better, more discerning of thoughts, notice more, improved awareness, changed my life, learnt to respond rather than react, happier, calmer …

Other Inner Synergy resources 

  1.  Understand awareness and acceptance (see who you are now)
  2.   Learn to understand the power of thoughts, emotions and the mind
  3.   Grow to see things differently – (see who you want to be)

With the right intention and practice, you can learn to experience more calmness, happiness and resilience – more often.

Learn to respond in situations, rather than just reacting !

Some resources and science behind mindfulness and meditation :

Canberra Psychologist

I have recently completed the 4 week Mindfulness Introductory Course with Neil Shepherd and Mindful Works. I decided to do it because I use mindfulness in my work as a psychologist with parents, children and families but wanted to build my own practice.

When Neil asked what were 2 words that described my goals I said “peace and productivity” as I had also been feeling rushed and particularly unproductive recently.

I found each week really informative and enjoyed each of the mindful exercises. I used the sound cloud exercises daily and am still using the Calm app. I managed to practice daily for about 12 minutes or so.

After about 2 weeks I really noticed my mood being much improved – I felt moments of happiness that I hadn’t felt for ages.  I also noticed that even the more difficult tasks that I needed to do were much easier then before. I procrastinated less and found complex tasks much more manageable.

I was so happy to have done the course. I was really pleased that it was done from a secular point of view and was really up to date in terms of neuroscience and brain research.

I now am so much more aware of the benefits of a daily mindfulness practice and can thus support my clients more effectively in this way.

I have noticed more recently that my whole household (including husband and 2 teenagers) are much calmer too – bonus!

Many thanks Neil. I was very impressed with your ability to acknowledge and allow everyone’s experiences without judgement – and encourage them to do so too.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Neil and this course to others.

Jo Vickers  

Canberra Psychologist

 Grief does many terrible things to you. The loss of your spouse is not just sad, it’s also quite terrifying, because you’ve lost half of you.

My experience was a whole gamut of reactions: overwhelming heartbreak, role stress and strain from now having to raise our 2 young children (who were also grieving) alone, feelings of extreme isolation, the loss of confidence in my gut instincts, fear & anxiety & a sense of inadequacy about our livelihood & finances, and many others.

I also fell into very poor sleeping habits – I was exhausted when I hopped into bed, but then my brain would kick in – such a busy brain, going over everything of that day or the week or even month before, and also anticipating what was to come tomorrow, next week, or next month. And everything became so magnified.

I tried all the usual things – alcohol, sleeping tablets, herbal supplements, turning devices off early so my mind could start to unwind, exercise – pretty much everything. But none had any lasting effect, none allowed me to stay asleep for more than a few hours, after which I’d waken & my mind would take over again. I’d have a racing, pounding heart in the middle of the night, and it was very scary, many nights.

I’d been trying to get to a Mindfulness course for a couple of years, but as they were all in the evenings, I had to wait until I was confident the kids (now teenagers) would be okay if I left them for a couple of hours.

The first night of the course, I felt calmer after the guided meditation, & came home feeling ‘lighter’. I did the body scan as I lay in bed, & then, I slept. I actually slept through – for the first time in months. Yes, I’d still taken my herbal stuff, & had had a glass of wine (as usual), but I slept so well, and felt truly refreshed in the morning. So, the next night, I skipped the herbal stuff & wine, & did the body scan in bed. But I fell asleep before I completed it. And again, I slept through.

I was doing the exercises during the day, and each evening, I’d feel calmer. And I fell asleep each night before I completed my body scan.

The classes each week helped me develop strategies to overcome my blocks to mindfulness, and hearing the other participants’ experiences helped too. Everyone has different issues, so hearing how they overcome them is helpful, for your own future reference. And it’s good to be a part of a group that works together for each other.

I no longer have a busy brain keeping me awake, I’m more relaxed and focused during the day, life doesn’t feel so overwhelming to me, and I just feel like I’m in a much better place now because of the Mindfulness Course. It’s given me the space to address other aspects of my health & fitness that had been ignored for the 3 years since my husband had died, & I am now much healthier physically as well as emotionally. And my kids have benefited too – they can see how much better I am, and so they now feel more confident too.

The Mindfulness Course has been life-changing for me. Vivienne

Vivienne,  Canberra

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