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Weekly Mindful Reminder – Too Busy to Practice

This weeks reminder is written by Roz.

I’m often asked how can we practice mindfulness during the day when we just don’t get a minute to ourselves.

Often, we find that no sooner have we opened our eyes in the morning, we’re back in bed, exhausted, having flown through our day at 1000 miles per hour without stopping.  Much of the time seems to be filled with responding (if our minds are calm enough) or reacting (if our minds are agitated) to the demands from others.

But actually, every moment that we are awake in the physiological sense, we have the opportunity to practice being mindful and to wake up to life as it’s happening.
There isn’t a single moment when this isn’t possible and this informal practice doesn’t require any additional time.
The problem isn’t that we are too busy, it’s that we just don’t remember to practice.
We are habitually caught up in our heads with the whirlwind of thoughts and before we know it, the day is over, day after day, week after week, year after year…..

So, consider the quote by Charlotte Joko Beck below and see if this can help you to set an intention and be a reminder for you to practice today:

Life always give us exactly the teacher we need at every moment.
This includes every mosquito, every misfortune, every red light,
every traffic jam, every obnoxious supervisor (or employee),
every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or depression,
every addiction, every piece of garbage,
every breath.
Every moment is the teacher.

Warmest wishes,
Roz x

 

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Why was the Human Givens Approach developed?

“If you could read a potted history of psychotherapy you would see an evolution of break-neck speed from the birth of the field to the chaotic situation of today, where we have at least 650 models of counselling and psychotherapy. Although many of these offer some effective techniques and useful insights, overall we have an uncoordinated disarray of theories, terminology and methods, which causes confusion among both health professionals and those in need of help.

Mature sciences like chemistry, physics and engineering are built on a broad common ground of understanding. Despite the wealth of psychological and neuroscientific knowledge available to us, this is currently lacking in psychotherapy. It was to address this lack that the human givens overarching idea was first proposed.

Psychologists Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell, co-founders of the human givens approach, looked to the fundamental principles of what it means to be human to develop a simple, robust, scientifically up-to-date, coordinated and agreed bio-psycho-social model of healthy human functioning: a shared language and a practical framework upon which to build an effective, integrative approach to emotional health which truly understands us as human beings with human needs.”

Source: https://www.hgi.org.uk/human-givens/why-was-human-givens-approach-developed

What are the benefits of the Human Givens Approach?

Weekly Mindful Reminder – Velcro v Teflon

This weeks reminder is written by Roz 

Recently I went to a brilliant mindfulness retreat day in Birmingham.
The retreat leader made reference to our relationship with our thoughts as being either like velcro or teflon!!

This is so true.
Often we can spend much of our day lost in thoughts and being stuck to them as if we have no control or choice. We get dragged around by them and believe all of the sticky stories, judgements, opinions etc that arrive in our minds to be true.  This often creates agitation and exhaustion or some kind of suffering.

When we practice mindfulness, we come to realise that actually thoughts are just thoughts and they can become less sticky and more “teflon”, non-stick.
This can give us a sense of freedom and significantly reduce our suffering that we often create for ourselves as we stick to and believe those thoughts that are unhelpful.

Of course, regular formal practice can help us to let go of our thoughts quite naturally.
See if you can also informally spend a few minutes, several times each day just letting the thoughts be a bit more “teflon”, noticing them and letting them go by bringing your attention back into the present moment. Experience sounds, the breath, body moving, smells and taste to bring your attention back into the present moment. This will encourage your relationship with the thoughts to become more “teflon” and free us back into our real world of the present moment.

Warmest wishes,
Roz

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Weekly Mindful Reminder – Riding the Waves

This weeks mindful reminder is written by Roz

British Summer Time has begun and recently I’ve heard people, including myself, starting to talk with excitement about

going on a summer holiday.

I feel very grateful that I can plan a holiday and we love to go to Cornwall and mess around in the waves.

This brought to mind the wonderful mindfulness analogy:

“you can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf” by Jon Kabat Zinn

When we practice mindfulness, we can learn to use the breath as a barometer to show us how we are feeling and our breath can also be used to help calm us down.

We can learn to ride the waves of our ever changing emotions with the breath, which helps us to keep perspective and respond calmly, rather than react with perhaps aggression and later regret.

So, next time you’re feeling challenging emotions and life feels like a huge wave is coming, see if you can ride that wave of emotion by simply taking your attention to the body and breath. Wait until the emotion subsides, as it always will and respond to the situation with choice and control.

Warmest wishes,

Roz

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Weekly Mindful Reminder – Big Magic in Simple Things

This weeks reminder is written by Roz

Recently a lovely lady attending a mindfulness course reported to us that she had spent more time with her young daughter, actually fully present with her, without the usual drifting off into thought about reliving her days work or listing over and over in her head what needed to be done later.

She was just there in the moment with her little girl and she described it with a sense of tender love and a sense of full appreciation and gratitude.

It’s these moments that mindfulness practice allows us to enjoy.

We can allow ourselves to notice the simple, yet truly precious things in life – it might be as simple as a flower, a bird flying by, the warmth of the sun on our skin, our children playing or family members talking to us, the taste of a delicious meal or feeling gratitude if we are physically well enough to get up and walk outside to smell the fresh air  – the list is endless but yet it’s often these precious little moments that we miss because we’re so caught up in our own world of thought about the past or the future.

See if you can make a habit of being mindful and noticing the pleasant things in life.
See too if you can notice how this feeling presents itself in the body and begin to become familiar with how it feels to be happy and content.

Warmest wishes,
Roz

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