Increased ability to cope with chronic persistent pain
Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
Mindfulness is not something you have to achieve, its there all the time.
Huw Griffiths Lic Ac is a Five Element Acupuncturist who has been in practice for over 22 years, experienced within the field of mind/body/health.
Huw is a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) facilitator, trained to teach at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at the University of Wales in Bangor. A long term meditator who, for over thirty years has attended many Buddhist based teachings in support of his own personal practice.
Huw currently runs Eight Week (MBSR) Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses in Bath and in Bristol.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a term that refers to a strongly evidence based stress reduction program formulated by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor of Medicine Emeritus and founding director of The Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Mindfulness practice originated in Buddhist Meditation, and has since been adapted for non-religious and therapeutic applications and is universal and of deeply practical benefit to everyone of any background regardless of religion or faith whether young or old.
Mindfulness refers to a state of mind characterised by awareness and attention in the present moment, it is a way of bringing us back in touch with ourselves so that we can relate directly to whatever is happening in our lives right now with acceptance, curiosity, and non judgment.
Mindfulness and meditation can bring us back to a more central axis of peace and spaciousness where we discover that in each moment we have the choice to respond to stressors in ways that are more accepting, kinder to ourselves and less damaging to our health and happiness.
Mindfulness is a way of being, and a way of paying attention to each moment, in a non-judgmental way. Once we start to turn our conscious attention mindfully to our body, breath, thoughts, feelings, and the world around us, we often find that our relationship to our experience of life changes fundamentally.
It is very common to 'take on board' the suffering and situation of those we love. Ultimately though they are not our responsibility. Even our parents or our children are responsible for their own lives, as we are for our lives. Often what we consider to be caring for others are our own fears of loss, pain and suffering which we project on to the others. To be of most use to those we love is to become happy, whole and caring. Our worries do not help them they just create another pressure another burden for them
“What if people can use contemplative practices to help them succeed in life and at work? In other words, what if contemplative practices can be made beneficial both to people’s careers and to business bottom lines?” - Chade-Meng Tan Author of the best selling book: Search Inside Yourself
Recently I have come across a whole selection of people, both acupuncture clients and mindfulness course participants who have been telling me that they are having trouble with their sleep. The one curious factor is that about 75% all say the same thing. That they are waking up very early between 3.30am – 4.30 am every morning like clock work. Often after waking up they are finding it very hard to get back to sleep.
In Chinese Diagnosis this is the time of night that weakened kidney energy will ‘show itself ’.
The practice of being in the moment, of noticing, where our focus of attention is, what we are thinking of, how we are feeling NOW in this moment emotionally, and physically. This is the practice, to be awake.
This is the New Neural Path Way, the new habit which delivers