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Mindfulness.

Mindfulness has been around for a very long time, probably at least 3,000 -3,500 years. In India it was incorporated into the practice of yoga (and still is). The Buddha established it as an essential  part of Buddhist practice (which it still is) and it can be found in many other cultures throughout history.

More recently it has become a useful therapy for counsellors and psychologists, with work by such people as Jon Kabat-Zinn who developed ‘Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction’ (MBSR) and Russ Harris who developed ‘Acceptance Commitment Therapy’ (ACT).

And most importantly, the work of the modern day Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh.

All of the above have written books and much information can be found on the internet.

So what is it?

Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as: ‘Paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.’

It is the opposite of mindlessness, which is basically working on automatic pilot. It is keeping the mind in one place, purposely and consistently. By living in the present moment and doing one thing at a time we can defeat what is often called ‘the monkey mind’. The mind, given half a chance, will swing off in all directions, mindfulness is the ability to train it to stay focused and in one place.

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Yoga Class

 Pranayama yoga is the 'Yoga for Relaxation', a soft ‘mindfulness based’ style of yoga using breath control, gentle stretching, meditation and deep relaxation, to bring about the peace within.

Monday evening 7.15 - 8.45

Yurana Activities Hall, 129 Dennis Road, Springwood.

Please contact me for information or to book your place.

 Meditation Course.

A 6 week course presenting a variety of meditation styles, (including ‘mindfulness’) so that participants can find the style that suits them best, to establish their own meditation practice.

A small group, sitting on chairs (or the floor if you prefer).

Next course starting:

Tuesday April 24th 7.00 – 8.00

Head 2 Toe Health, Unit 9, 3374 Pacific Highway, Springwood.

Please contact me for information. 

Namaste
Sharon 

 


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Being happy does not mean everything is perfect.

It means you've decided to ignore the imperfections

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