Want to join the mindfulness bandwagon but not convinced it can work for you? Here humanistic psychotherapist Veronica Winterbourne explains why this meditation practice is not just a trendy fad – it can lead to an internal shift that will change the way you live your life
When we learn to adjust our mind’s focus, even for a minute or two, it creates a positive effect on how certain parts of the brain connect with each other, and over time, we actually change the way it’s wired.
Choosing to bring your attention away from the chaotic mind chatter and onto your mind and body in the present moment, slows the release of stress hormones and taps into a more peaceful inner state.
Wisdom that works
Add 10 minutes of mindfulness to your daily routine and you’ve got yourself a powerful tranformational tool for life. Here are some of the changes you can expect:
1 Accept reality
Regular practice enables you to better accept situations for what they are, not what we think they are or would like them to be
2 Master the self
The awareness you will gain enables you to better regulate your emotions, granting us the space to respond (rather than react) to situations
3 Better decision making
By focusing on the information and situation presented to you in the present moment, your ability to make rational decisions is greatly improved – hello promotion!
4 Find your authenticity
Mindfulness teaches us to live from the heart, not the ego
5 Get creative
By clearing your head space, mindfulness enables you to become proactive and responsive as you finally switch off autopilot
6 Relationships blossom
Personal and professional relationships benefit as you become better able to communicate and empathise
7 Stress less
MRI scans can now prove that an 8-week course shrinks the brain’s stress centre
8 Wellness all round
With improvements in all of the above and on top of additional well-being benefits, it’s little surprise mindfulness is proven to supercharge your happiness levels
No wonder mindfulness has been embraced by so many! With just a few minutes a day, we could all be enjoying a happier, healthier and more creative year ahead.
About the author
Veronica Winterbourne is the creator of The Evolutionaries Mindfulness and Meditation programmes. As a government-approved healthcare professional, Veronica has been utlising mindfulness in her work for more than 20 years. To find out more about the programme, visit www.theevolutionaries.net