Do you feel overwhelmed by life?
Are you juggling a million and one things all at once? Do you just want to know a bit more about Mindfulness? If so, then this book is definitely for you!
It’s all about living in the moment while in a world that seems hell bent on flooding us with information overload, work more, sleep less, spin yet more plates; sound familiar? It was for me too until I trained to be a Mindfulness Coach at http://annettebrownhypnotherapy.co.uk/ (an amazing teacher btw) and I followed it up with this book and several others. Full Catastrophe Living is by far the best one I’ve come across.
Jon Kabat-Zinn founded the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979, since then literally hundreds of thousands of people from all backgrounds have taken the 8 week programme.
It’s an amazing guide for any beginner to learn how to practice a form of meditation for a whole mind and body overhaul! It is also a very deep reminder that yesterday is gone and no matter what we do, we cannot change it, and tomorrow may never come! It teaches that the time is now and we are here, and how very precious the moment truly is. Paying attention to your body and your mind is so important. If you think of all the amazing things that your body does without even thinking about it. Your heart beats and pumps blood around your body, your lungs inflate and deflate in order for you to breathe, your stomach digests your food, all of these things we take for granted, yet if they stopped doing their job we would literally stop being! It isn’t just your body either, you become more aware, sights, sounds, feelings, all the wonderful things we noticed before we could walk and talk. Before we started naming things and filling our heads up with for the majority useless information.
Much of the book is about the patients that have completed the 8 week course at the Stress Clinic, and the experiences which they share candidly. Not one of them had a negative, everyone of them says that it has changed their life for the better, so it's definitely worth a go.
Is it easy?
Is anything? It’s like anything else if you are prepared to put the work in, and put yourself first above all else, let’s face it no one else is going to do it for you. There is a sentence in the book; “ask someone else to eat for you, you will starve, not them!”
If you have read the book, I’d love to hear your thoughts and if not, and you would like to, follow the link below and let me know how you get on.
At some point in our lives, we have all dealt with anxiety in one form or another; be that you have a test of some description, your first day in a new job, or maybe your first flight. Anxiety is your body’s natural reaction to stress. The sad truth is that anxiety affects all of us however; it affects us all at various levels and anxiety disorder can end up feeling debilitating and completely disrupt the day-to-day life of the individual when not dealt with.
Symptoms of anxiety include but are not limited to feelings of dread, panic or impending doom, feeling irritable, heightened alertness, sleeping difficulties, struggling to concentrate, appetite changes and a wanting to escape from the situation. Coping with anxiety can be very difficult for the sufferer whereby they will avoid certain situations, as there is a fear of a trigger. Constant fear begins to affect their daily life and can lead to missing out on opportunities.
Hypnotherapy is becoming more and more recognised for reducing the feelings of anxiety, and targets the subconscious mind. By using the power of suggestion, it aims to stimulate positive changes and is tailored to the individual, in order to help work out the triggers and how to deal with them effectively.
If you are suffering with anxiety and feel like there is no light at the end of the tunnel, feel free to give me a call for a free 30-minute consultation. I would be more than happy to help.