It’s a strange question to ask, but if you consider how little time we give to being reflective and ‘in’ our mind, you might realise you don’t give it as much time as other parts of yourself. When we’re hungry we eat, when we’re in love, we follow our heart. If our mind craves peace, what do we do to grant it? Do you take time out? Meditate? Go bush? Sit by a river or at the beach? These days it’s more common to jump onto Facebook, Instagram, and all the other apps we have for entertainment, or to ‘stay in touch’. Allowing ourselves the time to nourish our mind or be ‘mindful’ is often pushed to the side.
A 2011 review of research conducted by the American Psychological Society found that the benefits of mindfulness are:
- Increased focus and attention
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Cognitive flexibility
- Increased working memory
- Increased empathy and compassion towards self and to others
- Lower fatigue level and a slowness to anger
- Increased relationship satisfaction
Source: Davis & Hayes American Psychological Association
Reading this list I can’t help but wonder – who wouldn’t want a healthier mind for a better life?
For Psychologist Meg Welchman, mindfulness was a literal life saver. In facing the cancer that almost took her life, mindfulness was one of the strongest tools she had to help maintain emotional balance and hold herself strong during that dark and difficult time.
She now sees mindfulness is an important coping tool for any one of us that may be experiencing hard life challenges.
‘Your Present Moment’ ecourses are custom made to deliver the gift of mindful living to course participants in an easy and accessible way, something you can reach for and do in the small pockets of time you might normally reserve for social media.
In ‘A Spring Clean for Your Mind’, her most intensive course of the year, 30 lessons in mindfulness are delivered to you. 1 new lesson for each fresh September day!
Just like Instagram, you can do the course anywhere and devote as little or as much as time as you wish. Your own pace, in your own space.
A Spring Clean for the Mind ECourse Outline:
Week One: Here We Are
The first week is about clearing a space and orienting yourself towards mindfulness using all five senses.
Week Two: With Yourself
Focuses on self-love.
Week Three: With Others
Activities to assist in reaching out to others.
Week Four: With the World
Methods of finding peace in an unpredictable world.
A Spring Clean for the Mind will help you to:
- Create a space in your life for self-reflection
- Learn how to live mindfully
- Practice mindfulness in a safe and caring online community
- Complement your practice with new hand drawn mandalas to download and colour by Grace Cuell
- Find inspiration to view the world differently
- Connect with an online community to share your mindful moments
- Feel a warm inner glow for doing something positive for yourself!
Give your mind Spring Clean! Enrol here
Starts Sept 1 2017.