Bear lost in thoughtsDate and Time: Every Tuesday, from 6.30 to 7.30pm
Location: West End Natural Therapies Centre, 11a Sussex Street, West End.

Join the weekly FREE Mindfulness Workshops in West End to learn about mindfulness and train your mind to stay in the present moment through guided meditation.

Have you ever noticed when you are doing quite familiar and repetitive tasks, like driving your car, washing dishes, or even eating, your mind is often miles away thinking about something else? For example, you may be contemplating on your next holiday, worrying about your family, stressing about your work, etc. This is called being on “automatic pilot” mode.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a state of being present in the here-and- now and owning each moment. It contributes to a richer, fuller life because you are noticing everything around you.

Our minds wander through many thoughts and emotions — including anger, craving, depression, revenge, self-pity, etc. Most of these thoughts are about the past or the future, yet the past no longer exists and the future is just a fantasy until it happens. When we indulge in these thoughts we reinforce those emotions and ultimately create suffering. The one moment we actually can experience — the present moment — is the one we seem most to avoid. Mindfulness is about learning to be present to this one moment that matters – the NOW.

Training our minds to stay in the present moment increases our psychological health and well-being.

Benefits of mindfulness

Clinical research supports effectiveness of Mindfulness in:

  • Recognising automatic and habitual thoughts and reactions
  • Managing self defeating thought processes effectively
  • Reducing the impact of stressful thoughts and feelings
  • Increasing self-awareness
  • Being fully present in the here-and-now
  • Managing anxiety or depression effectively
  • Relieving stress
  • Improving sleep
  • Becoming more balanced and less emotionally volatile
  • Improving relationships