What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is paying attention on purpose in the present moment. This is the definition of Jon Kabat-Zinn, a leading expert in the field of mindfulness. You might ask - why is it important to pay attention on purpose in the present moment? Well, the present moment is where life happens - for better or worse. Being the habitual creatures we are, our attention is most often in the future - anticipating or planning or worrying, or in the past - ruminating or thinking about what happened in endless cycles.
And as the practice of mindfulness helps us shift our focus to the present moment, we discover all sorts of things about what is actually going on in our lives and minds here and now. This can allow us to get more distance from our thoughts and habitual worrying, and with continued mindfulness practice our thoughts get less of a grip on us.
So mindfulness is a practical way to find more enjoyment and peace in the life you already have. This doesn’t mean you get complacent about the things in your day to day living that you might recognise aren’t working, but mindfulness allows you to approach your clinical or personal challenges with more inner calm, taking control and decisive action from a place of clarity and being present to what is actually going on – versus from reactivity and wishing your life was something else.
Why Mindfulness in Dentisty?
As dentists, we are under so much pressure every day, and if we are still stressed or worried or anxious today, then chances are high that this is not going to change any time in the near future unless we change our approach. And mindfulness mediation in my experience offers exactly such a change in approach.
There is a large body of research out there showing how practicing mindfulness has a profound impact in many areas; increases in positive moods and well-being, boost in immune function, reduced effects of depression, decreased cardiac mortality and more. It might sound too good to be true, but if you haven’t already tried mindfulness meditation, I can only strongly encourage you to dip your toe in.
How does it work?
In each session I will teach you some basic concepts of mindfulness, attitudes of practice, offer suggestions as well as answer questions relating to your own meditation or anything else that feels important to address for you. We will also do some shorter meditations together.
Depending on what you would like to achieve, I will suggest a programme to support you in your mindfulness practice in between sessions, including daily meditations, body scans and breathing practices for you to engage with each week, and we will tailor these to meet your specific needs.
A stand alone session will give you a boost on your way, but with mindfulness meditation it really takes some time and effort to get familiar with the practice and start to feel more comfortable with what it's all about.
I usually recommend a minimum of 4-6 sessions of One On One Mindfulness.
I draw on my own background in Zen mindfulness meditation as well as the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mark Williams & Danny Penman and others to support you.
What is required of me?
Mindfulness requires a personal commitment to engaging daily with various practices 5-6 days a week. The time investment is anything from 10 - 45 minutes a day. However, the more you put in the more you get out. I honour the fact that not every one wants to or have the opportunity to spend a huge amount of time practicing every day, however, it is necessary to have a minimum commitment to engage with the mindfulness practices daily, whatever that might look like to you.
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