Everyone is talking about Mindfulness – companies such as Google and Yahoo have made it part of their employee Wellness Programme. So what is its charm?
Mindfulness is a great Stress Management tool, simple and effective and desperately needed in our chaotic demand riddled lives. Essentially, Mindfulness is about keeping attention focused on the present moment instead of allowing our minds to fantasise about the future or regret the past. It temporarily gets us off the hamster wheel of our mind and helps us regain some calm, like sitting on the beach, quietly watching the waves. As Dr Charles Tart, an American Psychologist specialising in Consciousness, says in his excellent book Mind Science – ‘we are all ‘thoughtaholics’ and practicing Mindfulness is our version of the AA’.
Mindfulness is over 2500 years old and forms the central practice in Buddhism but don’t worry, you don’t need to be a believer to use it.
It was in the 1980s that Jon Kabat Zinn a molecular biologist and a life long practitioner of Mindfulness devised a programme to help patients manage their Pain and Stress using Mindfulness. Since then MBSR & MBCT have become known world wide and are being used extensively to treat chronic problems, including Pain, Stress & Depression.
At FiXme, Mindfulness forms an essential part of your treatment programme and again, there is no cause for concern because you will be fully supported in developing this technique.
Additionally, we run
- FREE Guided Mindfulness Practice Sessions – run bimonthly and open to both patients as well as others who want to try it without any pressure
- Silent Day Retreats – for those who want to deepen their practice
Catherine was deeply destressed about a loud intrusive noise in her head which she developed following meningitis. Her Neurologist had told her nothing could be done about it and she had to learn to live with it and then someone recommended her to me. Included in her treatment programme was a daily 20 minute session of Standing Mindfulness of which she said.
‘At the beginning when Diksha asked me stand barefoot on the grass for 20 minutes I thought it strange and didn’t know what to expect but I persevered because I was desperate for this noise to go. I am glad that I did because soon this calmed me down immensely and I was able to feel every blade of grass beneath my feet …the noise is now barely there…’
If you want to know more about Mindfulness, or aren’t convinced about it’s efficacy, then please do read this blog. I hope it helps….