“Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the PRESENT.”
– Bil Keane
What is Mindfulness?
The tendency of the mind is to be somewhere else; worried about tomorrow’s meeting while preparing today’s, going over what happened yesterday, thinking about what’s for dinner, dreaming of the holiday… The mind can be so distracted which at worse can create stress and anxiety or we simply are not really here and so we miss the full experience of what’s happening now.
When we understand and train the mind to pay attention to what we are experiencing and doing right now it brings us greater satisfaction, clarity and well-being.
Mindfulness tools and practise enables us to notice and enjoy more the simple things of everyday life and be more at peace with ourselves.
- Reduce stress and manage anxiety
- Increase your self confidence
- Improve your focus bringing greater clarity and efficiency
- Make the most of your time
- Worry less
- Be less reactive and manage emotions
- Improve your health
- Improve the quality of your relationships
HOW I WORK WITH MINDFULNESS
Mindfulness and Coaching
I introduce some of the teachings and tools of Mindfulness in my workshops and in Coaching sessions when appropriate and according to the needs of each individual.
Stepping aside from our busy lives, slowing down for a moment and checking in with ourselves helps us to calm down and reduce stress. When you bring to Coaching either doubts or decisions to make, Mindfulness gives you the headspace for greater clarity to occur.
Sometimes when you stop searching for the answer, it arises.
In Coaching we become more aware of our habitual thought patterns and reactive ways of thinking or behaving, and when we add Mindfulness we can develop the ability to choose to think differently or respond instead of react.
For example with practise when we observe our inner critic and its destructive thoughts we are less likely to get dragged down by them. Or when we are criticised by a partner, or work colleague we may be able to avoid getting into an argument or ruminating for hours.
In moments of emotional upheaval Mindfulness also gives us the tools for accepting and handling strong emotions. Sometimes we judge ourselves for feeling angry or sad, which just adds salt to the wound. Mindfulness cultivates acceptance, love and compassion for ourselves and others.
One aspect of Coaching is about wanting to change things that don’t work and experience something different. Mindfulness is about fully accepting where we are now and not trying to change it.
Seemingly contradictory but the balance of these two attitudes is an art and I believe we need to cultivate both for a meaningful life and being at peace with ourselves.
Ready to slow down and calm down? Want to change the way you think and react? Do get in touch and tell me what you are looking for and when is a good time to call you.