The verb to be ‘mindful’ was apparently first used in 14th century, according to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, so it is not a new word by any means. The simple definition is to be ‘Aware’ of a thought, feeling, emotion, situation etc. The implication is that the awareness has a sharper focus than you would normally give to whatever is passing through your mind, or happening in the present moment. Some special effort is required.
In 1979 John Kabat-Zinn adopted the word to describe his new Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme which was developed as a clinically verifiable antidote to the stresses and focus of modern living. His work has resulted in a huge growth in the ‘mindfulness industry’ which has tried to blend ancient eastern practices of meditation, self awareness, morality and philosophy with western science and existing psycho therapeutic techniques like cognitive behavioural therapy. Mindfulness has now become a way of life for many. Meditation is part of mindfulness, but there are many other immediate, less time consuming techniques and practices available.
The Oxford Dictionaries Online now define it as ‘A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique’. Mindfulness can be self learned, as well as part of a mentoring programme. The Mindfully OK sessions helps you to focus on enhancing your self awareness, awareness of others and builds your business and personal relationship skills. Where possible I will always give examples of what the latest research has proven about the benefits of mindfulness.
Mindfully OK strives to make mindfulness modern, practical and relevant. It will create a framework that can quickly enhance your existing skill sets, demonstrating its value as you feel the benefits and potential it has to offer. How far you take it, how much you wish to learn and how much time you wish to give it will depend on you. Focusing on what works for you is essential and that is why having an experienced mentor is so important.
Why Mindfulness? What Will It Do For Me?
If you give some time to practising mindfulness, learn to do some of the exercises, reawaken some of your innate human abilities, it will change your life for the better. That is a big claim to make, but it is backed up by serious, verifiable medical research. Learning to live in the present helps you to become more self aware and breaks the shackles and restraints of past experiences, traumas and failures. It equips you to challenge your future anxieties with more confident choices. If you have a desire to improve yourself, sharpen your awareness, clarity of thought and your ability to build strong genuine relationships, then Mindfully OK sessions are definitely for you.
What this Site offers you is a number of courses or live Skype sessions that will use the very best of traditional mindfulness practice with the most successful western techniques. You will be encouraged to adapt what you learn to your needs as you progress, helping you to discover your very own comfortable and genuine personality. We also offer a CPD fully accredited 5 day course to become an accredited teacher of mindfulness in the workplace. This course can be completed over 5 consecutive weekdays, 3 weekends, or as an individual Skype Course that you can undertake at a time that suits you best.
Mindfulness and You.
Mindfulness training and implementation should be personal, building on your personality and innate abilities. When it was first developed in the West in 1979 by John Kabat-Zinn it was a highly structured 8 week course, with considerable demands on time and commitment. However, with time always at a premium these days, there is a move to make it more easily manageable and relevant in our modern lives. The emphasis is to start small with a realistic and sustainable effort and start to increase that commitment when you feel the benefits and you become trusting of the methods. To be clear, there is no minimum time needed. Our sessions will help you find your sustainable level and define your goals. There is no competition, no judgement and no failure.
These sessions will not be taught with any religious, or spiritual bias. They will provide a framework that you will be able to adapt over time to your particular personality and needs.