In life we can experience moments of “feeling stuck”, experiencing each day as “the same old thing” or being “on the hamster wheel”, “never having enough time”
Mindfulness will not offer you a magic wand experience! It will however teach you the tools to navigate difficult thoughts & emotions when they arise in our lives. Allowing space to attend to your individual thoughts in a clear logical & more compassionate way. We can learn to understand ourselves more fully, mind & body.
In Mindfulness the goal is not to stop the mind from thinking or make our thoughts magically disappear. We learn how to focus our attention on physical body sensations, emotions & thoughts. We can then allow ourselves to see them more clearly without judgments and with Kindness.
Through Neuroscience you will learn how your brain works and responds in various situations, stress, anxiety, memories, thinking, learning. Our brain has capacity to physically change every day. When we are able to understand the changes within our own individual brains we can then explore changes we can introduce to our thinking patterns to promote our own positive mindset.
Positive Psychology is the doorway to increasing your own personal happiness. The study of Positive Psychology explores what makes happy people happy! We can learn to incorporate these tools into our own lives to improve our happiness & wellbeing.
Martin Selligman (know as the founding father of Positive Psychology) describes this discipline as:
“The scientific study of optimal human functioning that aims to discover & promote the factors that allow individuals & community to thrive”
In Mayo Mindfulness I offer a unique combination of mindfulness, meditation & Positive Psychology. The courses & workshops are evidence based drawing on the latest scientific research in Mindfulness & Neuroscience, combining elements of MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress reduction) & MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) as well as Positive Psychology & neuroscience. I offer a practical approach, enabling each individual to combine elements they can integrate into their unique lives. Mindfulness is not “one size fits all”; it allows for its core principles to become part of your day.
I offer to you both formal & Informal Mindfulness. Formal Mindfulness guides you in meditations on breathing, mind & body, walking meditation, loving kindness, lake & mountain meditation, expanded awareness, engaging our senses from our inner and the outer world.
Informal Mindfulness teaches you how Mindfulness practices can be incorporated in what remains from your 24hr day.
Meditation is like bringing your mind to the gym! Strenghtening your awareness. This increased strength can enable you to become more self-aware & recognise unhelpful thought & behaviour patterns.
“Meditation is the process whereby we gain control over the mind & guide it in a more virtuous direction. Meditation may be thought of as a technique by which we diminish the force of old thought habits & develop new ones”
Each individual has their own personal life experience & reason for incorporating Mindfulness into their lives. Mayo Mindfulness will guide you on a path to effortlessly integrate Mindfulness in a way that gently inhabits your unique mind & body.
Some of the many areas include:
“Between stimulus & response there is a space.
In our response lies our growth & freedom”
Our mental and physical health are intrinsically linked. Until recent years our mental health was only addressed when it reached a point needing professional intervention. We are now very aware of the importance of investing in our mental health as we do our physical health. The World Health Organisation have described mental health:
“Mental Health is a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”