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Mindfulness presentation

  1. 1. Who am I?● 15 years of Meditation Practice● BA in Religious Studies● MA in Western Esotericism● Diploma in Mindfulness, Meditation & Relaxation●
  2. 2. What is Mindfulness?
  3. 3. Mindful (Definition)● Attentive or heedful● Keeping aware● Bearing in mind● “While thus unmindful of his steps he stumbled” - George Bernard Shaw.
  4. 4. Paying attention on purpose- Jon Kabat-Zinn (1944-)
  5. 5. The faculty of voluntarily bringing back awandering attention over and over again, isthe very root of judgement, character andwill […] An education which shouldimprove this faculty would be theeducation par excellance.- William James (1842-1910)
  6. 6. Mindfulness is to be fullyhuman, fully present, fully here and now.
  7. 7. ● We spend all our lives stuck in our ideas about how we think things should be that we are constantly missing how things actually are.● Why would we want to see how things actually are? Because they are like it whether we like it or not.● We let go of fixed ideas and rest in the present moment.
  8. 8. Whats so interesting about Now?
  9. 9. Origins of Mindfulness
  10. 10. All the worlds cultures are now available tous […] Knowledge is now global. This meansthat, also for the first time, the sum total ofhuman knowledge is available to us – theknowledge, experience, wisdom andreflections of all human civilisations –premodern, modern and postmodern – areopen to study by anyone.- Ken Wilber (1949-)
  11. 11. ● Vipassana means to see things as they really are (rather than how you think they should be).● It cultivates attention so we can observe our thoughts and compassion so that we can accept them.● Modern Mindfulness is the fusion of ancient practical wisdom & modern science.
  12. 12. Mindfulness & Modern Audiences● Available to anyone● Practice based with simple techniques● No beliefs or lifestyle changes required● Places responsibility for your life in your own hands● Backed up by scientific research
  13. 13. Who Meditates?
  14. 14. ● Olympic Athletes● Soldiers, CIA and the Military● Google and other Multinational Corporations● Schools and Education programmes● Hospitals● Prisons● Scientists● Politicians● Anyone interested in more skilful ways to relate to their thoughts, feelings and emotions
  15. 15. The Science of Happiness
  16. 16. Neuroscience & Meditation● Neuroplasticity: The Dynamic Brain● The brain changes based on how it is used● If you are stressed on a daily basis you are hardwiring your brain for stress● What we pay attention to is what we feed the brain● How we use our brain on a daily basis effects how we use our minds and how we use our minds (i.e. what we think) effects our brain● So how are we using our minds?
  17. 17. You cant stop youre brain from changing.The only question is: are you getting thechanges you want?- Rick Hanson
  18. 18. Mindfulness & Medicine ● 300-400 scientific papers on Mindfulness are published each year ● The evidence shows it to be effective for a wide range of issues ● Mindfulness is now recommended by Gps and the NHS ● Almost three quarters of Gps think it would be beneficial for all patients to learn Mindfulness skillsalmost three-quarters of GPs think it would be beneficial for all patients to learn mindfulness meditation skills.
  19. 19. The Benefits of Mindfulness
  20. 20. ● It produces long-term positive changes in the shape of your brain● reduces chronic pain, anxiety & depression, prevents relapse & improves emotional disposition● Boosts immune system● Reduces effects of skin diseases like psoriasis● Improves relationships● Increases self-awareness● Enhances focus, concentration and performance● Enhances creativity● Combats the ageing of the brain● Improves memory● Helps with sleep● Mindfulness Meditators are happier than non-meditators● Can help you become more compassionate and understanding
  21. 21. Why Meditate?● Why meditate rather than go to the gym?● Meditation is the only activity where we are consciously choosing to do nothing.● It is the only activity where we can observe the mind without using the mind.● As the volume of our thoughts becomes less, our natural stillness of mind begins to take over.
  22. 22. To Think or Not to Think● Thinking is the default setting of the mind● Without thinking, how would we live?● Meditation is not about trying to stop thinking altogether but to discover a new relationship to our thoughts.● Mindfulness of thoughts leads to Mindful thinking
  23. 23. Exercise 1:The 3 Zones of Awareness
  24. 24. Where do we spend 99% of our time?In the present moment or in thethoughts about the present moment?
  25. 25. Where is your attention?
  26. 26. Attention is you greatestcommodity. Where it goes, your life goes.
  27. 27. Can you change the past?
  28. 28. Can you predict the future?
  29. 29. The whole of human suffering canbe boiled down to the fact that wespend most of our lives treatingideas about reality to be realityitself.
  30. 30. We live in a constant state of fight orflight, anticipating situations whichjust dont exist outside of our thoughtsabout them.
  31. 31. How to Meditate
  32. 32. How to Meditate● Attitude: Relaxed & open, non- judgemental, beginners mind● Posture: Sit up straight & pay attention● Awareness of breath● 10 Minute Meditation
  33. 33. How Sweet it Tasted!
  34. 34. There is surely nothing other than than thesingular purpose of the present moment. Amans whole life is a succession of momentafter moment. If one fully understands thepresent moment, the will be nothing else todo, and nothing else to pursue. - Yamamoto Tsunetomo
  35. 35. Whats so important about the body?
  36. 36. ● We spend most of our time living from the neck up.● We relate to ourselves through a veil of ideas, beliefs and concepts rather than our raw moment to moment experience● When we live disconnected from our sensations and emotions we feel disconnected, isolated, unreal● When we feel alive we naturally feel happy & content & at peace with ourselves.● Paying attention to our raw experience can transform the way we relate to ourselves
  37. 37. Compassion & Loving Kindness
  38. 38. ● In the East, Mind and heart are interchangeable. To practice mindfulness is to practice heartfulness● Without cultivating compassion, self- acceptance, understanding, tolerance and patience we cannot have peace of mind● When we truly understand ourselves we truly understand others● Compassion fatigue in the news
  39. 39. Care and compassion are what mattermost. We respond with humanity andkindness to each persons pain.- NHS ConstitutionHealing empathy.- Prince Charles
  40. 40. We cannot fake compassion,empathy and understanding, but wecan grow it.We remove emotional & mentalobstacles not by opposing them butby loving them to death.
  41. 41. Guided Loving Kindness Meditation
  42. 42. Conclusion● We can train our attention to be here and now● Where our attention goes, our life goes● We can reprogramme the brain with happiness rather than fear, insecurity & stress.● We enjoy a more expansive & free life, deeply connected with our raw physical sensations● We discover the natural peace of awareness● We increase our compassion for ourselves and all other beings● We become more resilient to the ups and downs of being human● Mindfulness is a daily practice, not a miracle cure● From practice comes deep insight which then informs our practice further. This is an upward spiral of understanding.