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Mindfulness- A Path to Transformation

By on July 23, 2014
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Mindfulness training has long been a part of Buddhist meditative practice but has now entered the world of coaching and hypnosis.  Over the past decade it has also gained recognition from the scientific and medical community.

The mind has a tendency to chase ideas, memories, and day dreams.  While at times it is good to allow the mind to roam, for our clients it can cause trouble.  Clients create problems by living in any moment other than the present time.  For example, a client comes to see you with a fear of flying, or more appropriately, the fear of crashing.  As they are getting ready to fly they are busy making picture of terrible things happening that are not actually occurring.  They are not in the present moment.  Mindfulness practice brings them back to the here and now.  When the client reorients to the present moment and realizes they are in fact safe, then the fear can leave.

The second component of mindfulness is non-attatchment or not judging the thoughts.  What ever thoughts and feelings are present are recognized and let go.  We know that it takes 90 seconds for an emotion to wash through the system.  When a client can patiently wait without passing judgment, the emotion rises and falls, peace returns.

Mindfulness practice has moved from the spiritual world and is now being adopted by coaches, hypnotists, and therapists as more studies come out showing its benefits.

Mindfulness Requires Practice and Purpose

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/23/your-money/mindfulness-requires-practice-and-purpose.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0So when the term mindfulness began cropping up everywhere, I became intrigued. But, skeptic that I am, I wondered if it was being oversold as a panacea that is simple, safe and involves no heavy objects. I had an understanding that mindfulness went hand-in-hand with meditation, but also that it was more than that. Mindfulness Requires Practice and Purpose

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