Ever wondered how meditation and mindfulness can benefit you? Terrence the Teacher kindly joins us for our #WakeleyWellbeing evening at our flagship store to speak with us on the science behind mindfulness and how it can in fact change your life.
What is mindfulness and how did it become part of your life?
“The definition of mindfulness is paying attention on purpose in the present moment and non-judgmentally according to Jon Kabat-Zinn. It is a technique that teaches us how to return to the present moment again and again. My background in Pilates and Clinical Hypnotherapy created a fertile ground for mindfulness to develop. After a life changing health scare in 2014, 2 cardiac arrests where my heart stopped for 20 minutes, I knew something had to change. Mindfulness was introduced to me and it just made sense. Connecting to the present moment was all I had and it was more than enough. Through meditation I was changing my mind, my health and therefore my life. It was just a matter of time before I had to share this amazing way of being with the rest of the world.”
How does mindfulness differ from meditation, or is it the same?
“The two are like a unit. The best way to explain it is by comparing it with health and fitness. To become healthy and fit you have to exercise. To become mindful and let mindfulness be part of your life, you have to meditate. The practice of meditation changes how your mind works. The end result is a more present thus mindful you.”
What does science say about mindfulness?
“The study into mindfulness/ meditation go back to the 70s that shows that the practice of mindfulness actually changes the structure and functioning of the brain. It takes about 6 to 8 weeks of 20 minutes a day to see these changes. To give a few examples of how it works:
– Increased activity in the Prefrontal Cortex- Area responsible for planning, decision making and creativity
– Thickening in the Hippocampus – The area where learning and memories are stored
– Thinning of the Amygdala – The structure that regulate our fear and stress based reactions
– Energised Insula – This area is integral to our sense of being connected to other people.”
Is mindfulness for everyone? Who do you usually encourage to practice mindfulness to?
“Every single human being can do and benefit from some mindfulness.”
How long should we practice our mindfulness and how best do we incorporate it into our lives? What are the basic practices that we can follow to do so?
“Start, that’s it. One breath in, and one breath out. Connect to the practice, not the amount of time practicing. Develop your own routine but let it fit into your life. Remember, it’s a way of being, not a way of doing.”
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