Learn Mindfulness in London and Herts with Paul Levrant
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What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is based on ancient meditation principles of paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.
Although Mindfulness draws heavily on Buddhist traditions, it requires no particular belief system, and is entirely secular in its approach.
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What Mindfulness is (and isn’t):
It is very important to understand the difference between Mindfulness and relaxation. Mindfulness practice is not designed to be a casual relaxing experience and it is not in itself a therapy or treatment. Mindfulness is very often presented as a “cure” for anxiety and depression; and this can be very misleading.
Mindfulness is best thought of as an exercise for the mind. In the same way that, for example; lifting weights will exercise and strengthen your arm muscles; so the practice of mindfulness will strengthen your “mind-muscle” You don’t lift weights to relax!
When practising mindfulness meditation (and there are literally dozens of different approaches), we learn to be aware of the irresistible tendency of the mind to break concentration and drift away. At that moment, we are no longer “present”, but “lost in thought”. The practice of Mindfulness centres on recognising this tendency – without judging it as “good” or “bad” – and gently bringing the mind back to the present moment from wherever it had “gone”. It is this movement from “lost” to “present” that is the “exercise”; and exactly as with the movement of the arms when lifting weights; promotes the strengthening process.
What is Mindfulness for then?
We tend to spend an huge amount of our time ‘in our heads’ with our thoughts. We ascribe great meaning to these thoughts; and by unquestioningly accepting these thoughts as ‘truth’ or ‘fact’, we allow them to prompt the negative emotions that can lead to anxiety and depression.
The strengthening effect of Mindfulness practice helps to give us more control over our thinking and therefore increases the mind’s resilience to these thoughts. This leads to a greater ability to recognise that “thoughts are just thoughts”; and we can separate ourselves from the negative effects they might have. The long-term benefit is an ability to live in and to focus on the present moment. In other words, to “be here now”, and not “lost” in our heads. These moments of “being present” gives us immediate respite from unhelpful emotions.
The Hypnowellness Approach to Mindfulness:
Hypnowellness Mindfulness techniques are based on my own experiences with a great variety of mindfulness models and meditative approaches; This includes many years of training with Master Professor Lui Hsiu-Chi as long ago as 1993; and (much) more recently with Bangor University. Thanks also to BABCP-accredited therapist Lorna Vincent PG CertCBT, PG DipCBT, for assisting in developing our easy-to learn jargon-free approach.
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Page updated 28.03.2020