Mindfulness

Mindfulness

Where does mindfulness originate from?

Buddhism

Mindfulness (Sati) is the first step towards enlightenment or 'bare awareness'.

Hinduism

Bhagavad Gita’s discussions of yoga, Vedic meditation and Ahisma.

Taoism

Concentration, mindfulness, contemplation, and visualization

Stoicism

Stoic mindfulness; Greek word for “attention” prosochê (προσοχή)

What is mindfulness?

"Reconnecting with our bodies. Waking up to the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the present moment. Awareness of thoughts and feelings as they happen. Allowing ourselves to see the present moment."
Professor Mark Williams
Former director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre
“Being mindful means that we suspend judgement for a time, set aside our immediate goals for the future, and take in the present moment as it is rather than as we would like it to be.”

How Can Mindfulness Help?

"The hype around mindfulness is real. People who incorporate it into their lives often report heightened levels of happiness, patience, acceptance, and compassion, as well as lower levels of stress, frustration, and sadness.
There’s plenty of research, too: Separate studies conducted by Northeastern University found that 3 weeks of mindful meditation increased compassion by 23% and reduced aggression by 57%.
What’s more, another study with students found that 10 days of meditation increased positivity and well-being.
Yet another — an internal study that was published in top mindfulness journal PLOS ONE — found that 10 days of meditation reduced stress by 14%."
HeadSpace
The benefits of mindfulness

The three key characteristics of mindfulness:

From Head Space

Intention

Mental preparation to cultivate awareness, motivation and understanding.

Headspace

Attention

To the present moment; observing thoughts, feelings, sensations as they arise

Attitude

That is non-judgement, curious and kind, to be non reactive to thoughts, feelings and sensations.

[Images: credit Headspace]

STOPP

SOBER

HALT

SIFT

RAIN

Slow down
Take a breath
Observe 
Process 
Proceed

Stop
Observe 

Breath
Expand
Respond

Hungry
A
ngry
Lonely
Tired

Sensations
Images
Feelings
Thoughts

Recognize
Allow
Investigate
Non-Identification

COAL

PEACE

SNAPP

STIC

TAP

Curiosity
Openness
Acceptance
Love

Pause
E
xhale
Acknowledge
Choose
Engage

Stop
N
otice
Allow
Penetrate
Prompt

Stop
Take a breath
Imagine consequences
Choose

Recognise
Allow
Investigate
Non-Identification

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