People often tell me they don’t need Mindfulness.
They’re not stressed or depressed. They might admit to a touch of nerves now and then. Or maybe a little anxiety but that it’s nothing to worry about.
Stress is something that happens to other people, right?
I have news for you – your body is probably hiding all sorts of reactions and responses to what you experience at work or at home.
Sounds a little scary, but the science is pretty clear: the human brain has evolved to constantly evaluate our environment for ‘fight, flight or freeze’.
Our threat radar is operating tirelessly, on the lookout for danger and when it goes off, it primes the body’s systems to act quickly – because when the sabre tooth tiger starts running, there’s no time to think consciously, you just need to get out of there as fast you can!
Today, your prehistoric unconscious brain is quietly pumping out hormones and signals to your body thousands of years after we left our caves and campfires all without you realising:
- Tension in the neck, shoulders and back
- Butterflies in the stomach
- Snapping at your loved ones
Modern lives are full of ‘sabre-tooth tigers’; screaming kids, cramped commuter trains, awful bosses, idiots on the roads, someone giving you the eye in the supermarket. Whether we realise it or not, these daily life triggers are generating stress responses.
So, when someone says they don’t need Mindfulness, I think, “how do you actually know?”
Amongst other wonderful benefits, Mindfulness is a brilliant skill to learn because it connects you with what’s going on in your body:
- You can choose a response rather than allow an unthinking reaction to make things worse.
- You can become better able to ride emotional swings, recover faster (without suppressing or ignoring important experiences).
- You can develop better responses to challenging situations.
- You can find deeper joy and richer quality of experiences in the everyday as much as the extraordinary.
Learning Mindfulness is something you should want, not just something you might need.
Everyone can benefit from arresting the debilitating, often subconscious effects of challenging work and lives that we lead and learning a lifelong skill that has genuine impacts.
Where should you start?
Learn mindfulness with people, not apps! It’s a really important piece of the puzzle and Jo teaches with compassion, following the gold-standard MBSR syllabus developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, 40 years ago.
Our next 5 session course begins on the 12th May and only costs £250 for 22 hours of quality training, including audio guides, home practice and course handbooks.
Please, help yourself out and book your place today.