TEN FOR ZEN
Working Towards a Happier Future
Mindfulness is about being focused on the present moment, not wrapped up in regrets, worries or frantic thoughts. When we practise mindfulness we can calm our mind and this allows us to see more clearly what brings us happiness and what causes us suffering.
With this awareness, we can make positive choices in everyday life.
We want to bring a healthy and happy mind to as many of you as we can reach. Mindfulness can help in terms of dealing with stress, building resilience and being aware of your own mental health and wellbeing. We hope to make mindfulness a way of life for you to help you get better, stay well or enrich your life.
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
Mindfulness is being aware of what's happening in the present moment both within your body and around you. Living in the moment is widely understood to help you develop peace of mind and true happiness and mindfulness can help you be present.
As we become more aware of our thoughts, feelings and emotions we start to see more clearly what makes us happy and what causes us to be sad or stressed. We begin to notice what we can do to help ourselves create peace of mind and well-being both for ourselves and those around us.
Real mindfulness is a lifelong journey which requires guidance and a lot of practise.
WHY DO MINDFULNESS?
When we practise mindfulness we can calm our mind and this allows us to see more clearly what brings us happiness and what causes us suffering. With this awareness, we can take positive choices in everyday life.
Mindfulness helps you to:
Be Calm. Paying attention to the breath and the body teaches us to focus on the present and bring calm and stillness to our minds to achieve peace and tranquillity;
Be Happy & Free of Stress. By being more aware of our thoughts, feelings, emotions and actions we start to know what causes us unhappiness and can learn to let go of these and nurture feelings of happiness instead. We are also better equipped to deal with unhelpful emotions such as anger, fear and anxiety;
Be Focussed. Mindfulness helps us notice our thoughts and behaviours. We can start to see unhelpful ways of thinking and get rid of confused thoughts and unhelpful actions giving you focus and resolve;
Be Healthy. Getting a good sleep and eating healthily are both crucial to a healthy body. Mindfulness can help you see what thoughts and behaviours are getting in the way of you achieving these two pillars of health and let you make positive changes;
Be Enriched. Whether it be deep personal reflection or enhancing your enjoyment of those things you have a passion for, for example art or music, mindfulness can significantly enrich your life.
“Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.”