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I have been meditating on and off since I was 15 years old, totalling around 1,000 hours of sitting and walking meditation.
At the time my meditation practice was a mix of rebelliousness and a genuine desire for self improvement. Under the guidance of both Zen and Tibetan Buddhist meditation teachers I quickly started to see the benefits of meditation and mindfulness.
Today I am a diploma qualified mindfulness teacher and offer non-religious mindfulness meditation instruction to individuals and groups either in-person or online.
Mindfulness means knowing directly what is going on inside and outside ourselves, moment by moment.
– Professor Mark Williams, former director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre
Why meditate or practice mindfulness?
Imagine if we were told we could only brush our teeth once a week or that we were only able to shower once a month or that we could only exercise in a gym once a year?
That is, however, all we typically do when it comes to mental hygiene… we go away on holiday once or twice a year in the hope to disconnect, pause and chill. We rarely consider how or what we should do to maintain good mental hygiene.
In today’s world where we are overloaded with social media, instant messaging, work stress and generally a lack of work and life balance – our minds are being bombarded and over-stimulated. It is no surprise then that we are more mediated today than ever before and there is no indication of slowing that down.
The regular practice of mindfulness can however work as a very simple yet powerful mental maintenance tool.
The medically proven benefits of mindfulness meditation are well documented and they include:
- lowering sensitivity to pain
- slowing decline in cognitive abilities that occur as we age
- activating the ‘relaxation response’ (opposite to the ‘stress response’)
- strengthening the immune system
- reducing cellular ageing
- helping smokers quit
- helping to build concentration and attention
- helping to perform better at stressful tasks under time pressure