Mindfulness is the practice of being aware in what you are thinking and feeling, together with a consciousness of what is going on in the outside world. It teaches us to link with our inner thoughts and emotions, and helps us to establish our boundaries, learning to have self-respect and more compassion and empathy for others. Mindfulness is a fairly new skill being taught in several schools across the country, educating children and adolescents to connect with their feelings so that they can express them outwardly, instead of internalising them and creating negative thought patterns or potential issues with anxiety and depression. Mindfulness is not only used to support our children; it is just as effective for adults.
What is mindfulness?
Learning how to use Mindfulness is not difficult, it is something which creates an awareness which can be used daily in how you think and operate, and once you learn how to do it, it becomes a natural process. It is comparable to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (also known as CBT) which assists you to think about the here and now, instead of worrying about the past or the future. Mindfulness gives us the time and space to process thoughts and to establish whether they are ‘helpful’ to us or not, thus allowing us to throw out anything which is not real or which inhibits a healthy and positive mind-set. Practices such as meditation help us to focus and release our inner thoughts, extracting us from our daily concerns and encouraging our mind, body and soul to a state of freedom.
How can mindfulness reduce stress?
Mindfulness aids us in how to manage stress because it educates us in how we deal with stress on a personal level. Changing your relationship with stress through mindfulness opens up new possibilities creating a completely different outlook on life. Stress is one of the biggest factors in the UK that affects working life, family life, relationships and sometimes our mental state. Mindfulness is not only used for stress but has been used for:
- Help manage panic attacks and anxiety
- Improving sleep problems
- Feeling more in control of life
- Boosts immune system as it releases negative thinking which can have an internal effect on health issues
- Having empathy and compassion for others improves relationships
Focusing on the future
Mindfulness sets free the niggling worries of everyday life so that it helps you to feel more in control, making it easier to focus on your future. Some people feel the need to be reassured that they have a positive outlook ahead and services such as tarot readings can give detailed insight in to your future. Many women enjoy a reading with the Wild Unknown Tarot, which are uniquely beautiful cards that give you reassuring guidance of your home life, your family, your job or anything else which may be of concern. It can also predict areas of your life, such as marriage, romance or new love. Mindfulness enables us to focus on the here and now, making decisions about the choices we have that may affect our future. A Tarot reading can show the potential outcomes of those choices, helping you to make the right decision so that you choose the most desirable path for a happy future.