So here we are in Lockdown no 3. Doing what we can to stay safe, maintain routines, keep order to our days and stay upbeat as we journey, yet again on a familiar, yet unknown path.
….but even when needs must, how do we limit the damage to our mental health?
Wellbeing is at the heart of what we do. Achieving this through the physical and mindful practice of yoga and mindful meditation techniques gives us a type of freedom that cannot be seen or measured but that simply makes our days easier to navigate through, particularly through times of bumpy’ uncertainty, allowing us to to enjoy each day to its full potential.
When we begin to look after ourselves in this way, it begins a cascade of benefits for our overall health; mental and physical. We cannot obliterate stress from our lives or avoid problems arising. Nor can we avoid feeling anxious, upset, angry; feelings that we are each entitled to experience.
So what about Mindfulness and Meditation?
But Mindfulness and Meditation allows us to acknowledge and experience those feelings, accept them (not forget them) and move forward, without carrying the burden of them into other areas of our day. It allows us to function differently, so we not only react more healthily, we also experience happiness more fully.
It’s easy to pay lip service to the concepts of wellbeing and self care, but it’s only when we truly accept the need to attend to them that we realise and appreciate their importance.
Many of us fall into the trap of forgetting to take time for ourselves; to explore how we are feeling and why, but perhaps, what we are most guilty of, is not realising that we each have the ability to change the way we look after ourselves and that it is also a worthy cause.
Putting it into practice
But old habits die hard as they say and the road long travelled, the one we know best to alleviate or avoid stress may not necessarily be the one that is most effective . One of the biggest obstacles for people is the idea that practicing mindfulness and meditation is simply not necessary or does not fit into their daily lives.
But consider; do you ever have repetitive thoughts? Worry about something you cannot change or influence? Or feel exhaustion from stress and lack of sleep?
If you could swap the time that you spend feeling overwhelmed or engaged in negative thoughts, for time when you are content, relaxed, focussed and making positive changes; wouldn’t you?
Our teaching uses the Zenways approach, that is robust in its ability to stand firm, even in our busy, modern lives. Each of our eight- week course will deliver teaching on the key components and elements of practice, each as integral as the next. Teaching will include the physiology reasons behind why we use meditation and mindfulness, the different types of meditation and their applications, including relief of stress and physical pain.
Meditation and Mindfulness whilst requiring practice, is not a complicated task and the techniques we teach will show you how to approach each day mindfully, so that it becomes second nature and not just an event that happens only when you are sitting on a mat. It is not just for the difficult times, but rather a different approach to life that allows you to fully commit to each moment, enjoy the highs and manage the lows.
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