UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
B.Ed. M.Ed. Human Relations
M.Sc. Gestalt Psychotherapy
Do you sometimes feel that the world is flying past you and that you've stopped noticing anything other than your own work, stress and problems? A kind of tunnel vision? When we start to feel like this it can get overwhelming physically and mentally. Mindfulness can be an antidote to the exhausting merry-go-round of modern living.
Mindfulness has been defined by Jon Kabat-Zinn as ‘..the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally to the way things are’.
Reconnecting with the sights, sounds and smells that surround us can have an incredibly calming effect and help us slow down and be aware of our thoughts, emotions and behaviours. However it's not easy to do this and that's where mindfulness can help.
Professor Mark Williams of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre says:
"An important part of mindfulness is reconnecting with our bodies and the sensations they experience. This means waking up to the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the present moment. That might be something as simple as the feel of a banister as we walk upstairs.
"Another important part of mindfulness is an awareness of our thoughts and feelings as they happen moment to moment.
"Awareness of this kind doesn't start by trying to change or fix anything. It's about allowing ourselves to see the present moment clearly. When we do that, it can positively change the way we see ourselves and our lives."
Mindfulness approaches to counselling helps us to reconnect with ourselves to alleviate stress. It also helps us to feel more attuned with our emotions and generally more aware of ourselves both mentally and physically. The many benefits of learning how to practice mindfulness can be life-changing. As a trained mindfulness teacher, I can teach you this practice, which has Buddhist origins dating back thousands of years, but only fairly recently recognised by modern Western medicine as a useful tool in dealing with stress, anxiety, depression and a host of physical conditions.
Are you interested in learning the art of mindfulness? Call Christine Kingsley-Mills