BEGIN YOUR MINDFUL JOURNEY
Maybe you’re interested in being more mindful but you don’t know what to do next?
Maybe you know a bit already but it’s hard to practice because you’re unsure if you’re doing it right? Maybe you’re frustrated in your meditation because your mind is still really busy?
If this describes you, please read on, maybe we can help.
CENTRED AND PEACEFUL
Such a great line but so hard to do. Mindfulness can improve your ability to respond and react to stressors with composure – experts call it emotion regulation.
CHERISH THIS MOMENT
Being mindful enables us to revel in the wonder and beauty of right now.
Mindfulness helps us to approach suffering with gentlness and tenderness and so find relief.
THE GIFT OF HAPPINESS
Imagine discovering something which helps a person live more happily!
CONNECTION & EMPATHY
SELF-COMPASSION AND SELF-CARE
A mindful approach to life is one which incorporates self-compasssion and care.
We live life moment by moment (a phrase you’ll hear a lot in mindfulness circles) but the only moment we really have is this one right now. So as you’re reading this, pause for a moment and drink in all that is going on around you – the colours, scents, sounds, sensations of the body. It feels good, doesn’t it!read more
The inner battle to be content vs my desire to prove myself has become more settled. I can’t say exactly when it happened but there seems to be a truce. The one major change in my life has been my consistency with my mindfulness meditation and my efforts to embrace the present moment.read more
SIMPLE WAYS TO BE MORE PRESENT
AS FAT BOY SLIM SAYS...
RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW, right here, right now (repeat).
It’s where our attention ought to be but we have so many amazing diversions. There’s TV, radio, podcasts, 24 hr News, social media and millions of videos on YouTube. And all of this can now be accessed via devices we carry in our pockets! Incredible as this is, there are downsides.
To be mindful means to be awake and alert for the important stuff that is happenng right before your eyes, yes, right now! Take a moment to drink it all in, the colours, sounds, scents, textures. AMAZING isn’t it!
Remain here for longer periods and you begin to develop greater powers of concentration. Mix this with a bit of wisdom (don’t worry, it’s very secular and has no religious bias) and you begin to develop the ability to manage your state of mind, your emotions and the random curve balls that life throws at us all with more composure.
Some have described this as a super power! Want to know how to get powered up? Well, there’s no quick fix gamma ray blasts or mutant spider bites to gain these powers. This is where meditation comes in and it’s probably not what you expect it to be.
Click the button below to give it a try.
DON'T EMPTY YOUR MIND
I tried it many times and failed miserably. It didn’t matter how much effort I made, I simply could not empty my mind.
Thankfully, mindfulness doesn’t require it. Woohoo!
Instead, it involves focusing your attention on what you can feel, sense or notice. For the first time, I no longer felt like a meditation loser. I’m not saying it’s easy but when it comes to being aware, you can’t do it wrong.
So if you have tried meditating before and quit because of frustration or irritation, despair no longer.
Even if you have a mega-active mind that busily zips from one thought to the next (trying to juggle all of the items on your agenda), with mindfulness meditation you can still achieve a sense of deep calm and balance. You’ve just got to make sure you don’t get wrapped up in trying to attain some Nirvana-like state or trying to go for longer and longer spells without being distracted. Because that’s NOT the aim.
So if you’re wondering if YOU can do it, wonder no more, you can, withjust a little investment.
WHAT WILL IT COST ME?
Let’s say we reduce all our resouces down to three main categories, money, effort and time.
The Money category covers all material wealth and physical items at your disposal. Being mindful has zero financial cost, and a lot of knowledge can be found in libraries and online (click here for our FREE online resources!). Most physical classes are really good value.
Effort includes your energy, concentration, mental discipline, intelligence etc. Now this, you do have to invest, if you want to feel the benefits but it’s only for a short period each day.
Time has got to be your most precious resource and should be used wisely. You will feel the benefit by spending 10-15 minutes per day practicing mindfulness meditation and performing mindful exercises. The return on this investment is worth every second.
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- MONEY 1%
- EFFORT 90%
- TIME 1%
“What do I do for my first meditation?”
“Do I have to empty my mind?”
We’ll offer tips and resources to help you grasp the basics and get your mindfulness discipline going. If you’ve begun practicing but still have questions, we can help.
We hope that what we share here will ultimately assist you to experience a better quality of life through your mindfulness practice.
If there is something you don’t understand, let us know we want the start of your mindfulness journey to be enjoyable and stimulating
Chief Bottle WasherMatt has been married to his wife, Sara, for 20 years and they have two teenage children who are their pride and joy – he classes himself as a family man, first and foremost. They started their first business venture together, 14 years ago – initially a home-based physiotherapy clinic, which was built around ensuring they always had time for their young family.
Soon after starting the physio clinic, Matt trained as a hypnotherapist, which eventually led him to discover mindfulness and subsequently train as a mindfulness coach – it has made a huge difference to his personal quality of life.
Despite the many rich blessings, such as a close family, wonderful friends, successful businesses and good health, Matt admits he would consistently feel an underlying pressure to do more, be more and to feeling impatient with himself and life. “I know I should know better, being a therapist and all, but I have always struggled with enjoying what I have because my head was in the future, busy trying to create better moments ahead. Though that part of me is still here, Mindfulness helps me find a calmness….
Untimately, we want to help. It is our belief that everyone can benefit from living more mindfully so this is our way of making the world a better place, little by little, person by person, moment by moment.
The inner battle to be content vs my desire to prove myself has become more settled. I can’t say exactly when it happened but there seems to be a truce. The one major change in my life has been my consistency with my mindfulness meditation and my efforts to embrace the present moment.
“Now is usually good, and if it’s not good, it’s usually enough.”
That was it! I imagine that for most people that would seem a pretty inconspicuous and unimportant statement. But for me, it was significant.
We live life moment by moment (a phrase you’ll hear a lot in mindfulness circles) but the only moment we really have is this one right now. So as you’re reading this, pause for a moment and drink in all that is going on around you – the colours, scents, sounds, sensations of the body. It feels good, doesn’t it!