Finishing a mindfulness course is usually just an ending of a beginning. This is an important transition in which you pass from being supported by the guidance of a tutor to following your own internal motivation or/and needs. From my own experience and having seen this many times with participants when finishing the course, this is not an easy transition. The question is how to stay in contact with mindfulness in the midst of our busy lives? [Read more…] about Your mindfulness course has finished? What’s next? Nurturing your daily mindfulness practice
Have you ever taken a wrong turn with your car while deep in thoughts; or searched for your mobile phone and, a few moments later, realized you were actually holding it in your hand; or caught yourself having no clue on the topic of the conversation you’ve just had? In other words, have you ever felt, as you were not fully living through what you are doing? If you have, then do not panic. What has happened to you is that your mind has wandered away from what you were doing in those moments- a natural occurrence that happens to most people sometimes.
Probably you are asking yourself what the so-called mind wandering is…
We call it mind wandering when thoughts unrelated to the current task and dissociated from current sensory information take place in our mind. [Read more…] about MIND-WANDERING AND MINDFULNESS
To empower means “to make an individual or social group powerful or stronger”, “to give power”. Therefore, it is a term that seems to be quite appropriate for those who suffer or go through complex situations in their lives. In the field of mental health and social services, nobody questions this concept and, nowadays, it has been applied to multiple collectives: battered women, disabled persons, people in a situation of social exclusion, children suffering bullying, etc.
But, what is empowerment made of? How can we empower in a real way? How can we avoid the mere content of the word and focus on what is important for the person who is suffering?
In order to shed light on these questions, we should go back to the meaning. [Read more…] about SET A COURSE! EMPOWERING PEOPLE THROUGH MINDFULNESS
When starting with mindfulness practice it can be quite challenging. Especially if we have never been involved in a daily regular practice of any kind of meditation. Mindfulness practice offers us quite a spacious place to just BE with ourselves. This intimate encounter with our body, emotions, and thoughts comes also with some challenges.
The first challenge that we might come across is that we can get bored or perhaps annoyed with the practice, the audio recording or ourselves. This can feel irritating and somehow we might even get the feeling that this is not what is supposed to be happening within the practice or it is not how we have imagined it to be. But if you encounter this kind of unpleasant feelings, they are actually as welcome as any other. Such experiences, no matter how challenging, provide us an opportunity to work with negative emotions. This is the practice. This is where we need to bring our attention closer to, taking a non-judgemental stance. So how can we stay curious and nurturing when facing boredom or irritation? [Read more…] about First steps in mindfulness practice: the joys and the struggles
Within the scope of Erasmus+ international project dedicated to the field of mindfulness, the project consortium brings together professionals from mental health sector making the first steps toward a future innovative training in mindfulness tools and techniques. The consortium already developed training material for prospective mindfulness training for Mental health professionals. The very core of the already developed training materials underlines not only the integrative and mind-body based approach towards focusing one owns’ awareness on the present moment but combines modern possibilities of blended learning opportunities for future participants.
At this very moment in two of the projects partnership countries (Spain and Slovenia) the BeMindful&ACT training programme has just started as a 13 week long piloting, within which each of the developed sessions is going to be tested with Mental Health Professionals (MHP). The group of MHP is going to be able to test the developed training materials, integrated on a tailor-made e-learning platform. [Read more…] about Ways to mindfulness training & gaining new experience
Do you feel stuck? Trying to change things and get out from your stuckness? And it doesn’t work? Do you also get stuck in repeatedly using the same strategies, even if they do not work? Albert Einstein said:
We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
We may need to STOP and re-think….
Our thinking and our behaviors became habits, and they are difficult to break because they can become a “second nature”. This is good in many senses, we do not need to think about each movement when we drive, it becomes programmed. So much that sometimes we are not even present and all of a sudden we ask ourselves: how did I arrive here? We run auto-pilot and drive mindlessly. But some situations will require much more attention: is there a storm, is it snowing or heavy raining? Then we need to adapt our driving style in order to be safe. [Read more…] about NAVIGATE MINDFULLY How can mindfulness create change in your life
Stress is a process during which the human body initiates a number of internal resources in order to confront a real or imaginary threat. A chain of physiological changes that take place in the process, prepare the body to either confront or flee the stressful situation. If this processes of confrontation or flee extend in time it becomes a negative stress and it can lead to significant health problems.
The mental health professionals also have thoughts, sensations, and feelings- private events- which on occasions are disturbing. These may derive, on one hand, form the daily contact with persons that suffer and, on the other hand, from their personal life. The way in which the professionals interact with and handle these private events will determine the impact that these will have on their wellbeing. [Read more…] about Mental Health professionals, negative stress and mindfulness