Mindfulness can be a great help if you're having difficulty with anxiety and depression.
You live in a fast paced world filled with work, striving and achieving.
Frantically working to make your tomorrow better, you're unfortunately compromising your today. You don’t have time to stop and enjoy the important things in life and our culture requires constant progression.
In other words, you never quite reach fulfilment, when you achieve one thing you're already considering the next.
How can you be present and live in the moment if you're so focused on the future?
Maybe you're focused on the past, life experiences have left you feeling guilt and shame. You can’t live in the moment because you're trying to feel better about the past.
I love this poem by Nadine Stair 'If I had my life to live over again' - it relieves stress straight away.
She invites us to a wonderful place where she'd live if she could live her life over again. It’s a place of not worrying about things that might never happen.
If I had my life to live over again, I’d dare to make more mistakes next time.
I’d limber up.
I’d be sillier than I’ve been this trip.
I would take fewer things seriously.
I would take more chances.
I would eat more ice cream and less beans
Maybe you'd like to just quiet your busy mind? Mindfulness is not so much a task it's more a state of being. What's a state of being I hear you ask?
There’s no expectancy just being aware of your breathing and relaxing.
Take 15 minutes to listen to this guided mindfulness, the more you practice, the easier it becomes to be still.
Research has shown that people who practice mindfulness have an increased activity in the pre-frontal cortex of the brain which is associated with positive emotion.
The area of the brain associated with regulating emotions is larger in those who practise mindfulness regularly over a five year period.
Other resources for mindfulness: How to use mindfulness to work with difficult emotions