Mindfulness has its roots in spiritual tradition and has been practiced for thousands of years. While you can trace mindfulness through a cross section of spiritual beliefs and communities from Hinduism and Budhism to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, it is perhaps, most commonly recognized as starting as a spiritual practice in the East coming from Hinduism and Buddhism that was brought to the West and that it has been more popularized as a secular practice associated with well being.
Mindfulness is closely associated with meditation (in fact some would suggest they are one and the same) as well as yoga.
While it is challenging to define, most would agree that mindfulness involves the act of bringing your focus to the present moment and becoming aware of what you’re thinking, sensing and feeling without judgement.
Some people view mindfulness as a means by which we can gain short-term relief from anxiety, depression or stress, while others presume mindfulness to be a cure for health problems, a recipe for inner peace and enhanced fulfillment. While mindfulness has been proven to support these common social issues, it’s important to remember that it is practice (not a drug).
While I am interested in the spiritual connections, my approach to mindfulness is a highly practical one. Just like a muscle in our arm can be developed, becoming more mindful is something that must be developed through regular exercise or practice.
I take my clients and students through transformative exercises which have a powerful impact on their daily experiences of negative emotions, their relationships and the way they communicate with others, and their levels of motivation and energy.
For some people this is a weekly refuge and restorative practice. An active part of what helps to keep them feeling primed and ready to face the day (similar to impact of (but not a replacement for) physical exercise or massage therapy.
For other clients, I combine these exercises with a more personalized guiding, counselling, and coaching experience which supports them with making changes, breaking free of unhelpful patterns, and accomplishing what is important to them.