Our life is shaped by our mind, for we become what we think

Mindfulness seems to be the new buzzword at the moment it’s everywhere! At it’s very core Mindfulness means to be present in the current moment without judgement. Not worrying about the past or fearing the future just being present and taking each moment as it comes. Accepting the moment as it is, accepting your thoughts and letting them pass without fear that you ‘should be’ thinking or doing something else.

Many of us have tendencies to be fixated on the next step, what we are doing tomorrow and what is coming next falling into the trap of “I will be happy when…” The sun continues to rise and fall and that time comes and goes and we’re still in an unfulfilled place looking for the next big thing to make us happy. Be happy now. Be grateful for what you do have rather than focusing on all the things you could have. Of course it’s not always that simple and the mindset of gratitude is a skill that takes practice, persistence and patience – it’s a journey.

All that we are is the result of what we have thought’

Being mindful means being aware of the chatter in your mind, it is not about ‘just being positive all the time.’ Mindfulness is accepting our emotions and not judging them or labeling them as ‘good or bad.’ Mindfulness allows you to manage your emotions and make better decisions. A perfect life filled with only peace and love would be great but it isn’t realistic, we all have busy lives with multiple stress triggers but mindfulness allows you to manage the challenges you face with more ease and more productively. Essentially I look at mindfulness as creating this centre of peace, acceptance, compassion, self love, self growth, and positivity and staying connected to that centre. Reconnecting with it every day and keeping that consistency so that even when you feel a little lost or go off course you can still see that light bringing you back to that safe centre. 

Mindfulness is thought to have originated from Buddhist teachings but has become very popular in the Western part of the World over the last few years and can be practised without committing to any religion. Mindfulness tools are taught all over the world in schools, colleges and workplaces. Mindfulness has been studied and proven to help with mental well-being as research has suggested that mindfulness gives you 89% improved ability to reduce stress, 91% enhanced clarity of the mind, 79% increased energy levels and 91% improved ability to remain calm.  

‘There is something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying yes to our entire imperfect and messy life.’

The brain is an organ just like our lungs, liver or heart – it’s function is to protect us and guide us with logic. It’s a pretty big deal seeing as it manages our entire body and all the organs that sit within us don’t you think? We are currently living in an era where our brains are under a lot of added pressures technology, social media, careers, body image, social expectations (the list goes on!) if we don’t have boundaries like we do with the rest of our body, our brains collapse after being completely overloaded with stimulation. Mindfulness protects us from that overload by giving us a safe space to check in with ourselves, breathe and process. 

Mindfulness, self care, relaxation and personal growth is unique to every individual. Some might find it through meditation, others might find it through art, gardening or sport. It’s understanding what makes you feel present, calm and thankful to be alive and using that time to reset your personal intentions. It correlates well with coaching as my job is ultimately to help you gain more self awareness and to empower you to make more effective decisions.

*The above figures are taken from research from The Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI) 

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