Mindfulness practice first arose in Buddhist culture. Tibetan Buddhists saw this as a process which was to be utilised in daily living to still the mind so that the individual practitioner could live in the present moment in their entirety and reap all the benefits for a healthy mind and body. The process of mindfulness means being completely present in one’s body and mind, and in the moment on a daily basis. Being present contrasts our day to day experience of being distracted and engrossed on the future, the past or any day to day disturbance that we may center on.
An unassuming question to ask yourself when doing daily tasks is: am I completely present with the task at hand… In my body and in my mind.
Take eating as a simple example. When was the last time you spent the entire time eating (even a sandwich) being completely present with the task at hand? So present in fact that the experience became so exhilarating that nothing else mattered in the world other than the process you were engaged with… namely eating mindfully.
This is just one illustration of how distracted we can become with life. How disconnected we are with our inner functioning especially on an emotional level. How disjointed and unnatural our thinking and feelings are, and how often we are caught up in the mix of everything and don’t know how to regain a sense of control.
Mindfulness practice is a process that need only take 10 minutes a day to assist in feeling connected with the present moment, becoming aware of thoughts and feelings but not necessarily being distracted or deeply impacted by either to assist you in achieving a life that is invigorated and fueled with meaning the way it should be.
The experiential change through mindfulness group run by Harley Street Psychology LTD hosts a variety of diverse groups and workshops focused around the benefits of mindfulness based practice. One of which is the weekly mindfulness and meditation session which assists individuals in focusing their thoughts and feelings and learning to work with their body to master acceptance of one’s thoughts and emotions so that a very unique and unadulterated state of consciousness can be reached. This state I name nothingness, in which the individual practitioner reaches a heightened state of awareness in which they are able to be unperturbed by thoughts or emotions because they feel more able to observe and notice their thinking and feeling without needing to engage and react.
The intention of this mindfulness group is to realign a common mind body split that occurs in all of us, where we feel detached from the happenings in our bodies and thinking. The mindfulness techniques have constant success with sufferers of depression, anxiety, OCD, varied personality disorders and severe stress related conditions.
Each week is focused on providing new and enriching techniques that can be applied to a busy life and while being practiced during the two hour session, you will be guided to a point of inner tranquility and learn methods that have been tried and tested worldwide. These techniques can be adapted to your busy life and become part of how you live your life in reaching inner peace and feeling more connected to the world in which you live.