Finding clarity and peace of mind in a busy life
Are you living on autopilot?
Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by all the demands you face? You may have a lot of roles to combine: being an efficient professional, a caring parent, a loving partner or friend, keeping in touch with your family, staying healthy and fit, ... All this requires a lot of planning and thinking ahead.
But even at times when you’d like to wind down, your thoughts continue to race. It’s very difficult to stop them. You constantly keep planning, solving problems, worrying, … You're not really present for the people you care about.
You are in what’s called the “autopilot mode”. It can be truly exhausting, because it triggers your stress system.
You are not alone. In our busy lives with so many stimuli and distractions, our stress system gets triggered much more often than it was designed to be. Add to that the constant solicitations of our smart phones which keep our body and mind in a constant state of alert and contribute to building up chronic stress and fatigue.
Mindfulness offers ways for you to step out of this stressful autopilot mode.
Rediscovering the sources of wellbeing inside of you
It is possible to find an alternative to the stress and struggle you are experiencing. There are deep sources of wellbeing within you, no matter how stuck and frantic you might feel right now. Mindfulness helps you to rediscover your inner sources of happiness, peace and strength.
How? By training yourself to live more in the present moment, rather than constantly thinking about the past or the future. By learning to be kinder to yourself, and to take good care of yourself, moment by moment.
Mindfulness training is built up around a simple form of meditation that can be learned by everyone. Combined with insights from cognitive psychology, it is a powerful tool that prevents normal feelings of anxiety, stress and sadness from spiralling downwards into prolonged periods of unhappiness and exhaustion, or even burn-out or clinical depression.
Rooted in science
Ever since the 8-week mindfulness programme (MBSR) was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts in the 1970's, it has been thoroughly researched in clinical trials. Many benefits have been found, and you don't have to spend many years meditating. Research has confirmed that committing to 8 weeks of practice is enough to see the benefits for yourself.
Mindfulness not only boosts your happiness levels, and reduces the impact of stress. It actually changes the structure of your brain, and the way it works, for the better. It also strengthens your immune system, and offers support in preventing cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
For an overview of the latest research, you can visit the website of the American Mindfulness Research Association (AMRA) or the institute of neuroscience and contemplative wisdom at http://www.wisebrain.org/science/key-scientific-papers.
Where to start?
If you are new to mindfulness, the best way to start is with the 8-week mindfulness course. In this course you will learn to integrate mindfulness into your daily life, step-by-step, under the guidance of experienced mindfulness trainers and supported by a group of people who experience the same challenges like you.
If you have already done an 8-week course in the past, and would like to deepen or refresh your mindfulness practice, we offer many follow-up activities.
Would you like us to guide you on your journey towards a more fulfilling, happier life? A life with less stress, more clarity, and more focus on what truly matters?
We are looking forward to meeting you soon.