Will meditation empty my mind?
No it won’t but it will help building a different relationship with your thoughts by noticing and letting go, letting more space for some calm.
Can mindfulness help my stress, anxiety or mental health?
Yes but it is a practice, not a magic wand. You have to show up and do it. It helps to build a different relationship between what we think is there and what is really there. It won’t happen overnight but it certainly helps rewire our brain and bring a restful state.
What if I don’t like meditating?
Doing something new very often brings resistance. Give it a chance and see how it goes. Meditating is only learning to be in the moment and to be able to focus on things like your breath, our thoughts or the sensations in your body. Some meditations can be quite formal, so it is important to try different types of meditation to see if one is the right fit for you. Saying that, there is a lot more to mindfulness than just meditation. In fact any activity that is supporting you in living more fully in the present moment is called meditative so don’t let the word meditation put your off. This is why I call what I do mindful living rather than just mindfulness or meditation.
Can mindfulness help me sleep better?
Yes. Mindfulness has some self-care techniques that will help you get a better rest. In fact, it doesn’t stop at your sleep but will affect your immune system and provide you with a better life hygiene by teaching you to take pauses to look after yourself better.
Can mindfulness replace medication?
Maybe in time it will and many studies back the fact mindfulness improves your well-being and health but I recommend that you talk to your doctor before changing any treatment you are currently taking. Let him or her know that you are taking a mindfulness course or supportive activity and review your condition regularly. Stopping medication without medical advice can be dangerous so always stay safe and get the right advice.
Can I start from scratch?
Yes. You can start from any point whether you have some knowledge or none what’s whoever. Mindfulness is a very large topic and you could spend a lifetime learning about it. However it will only take a few sessions to give you the basics and to make a significant improvement to your well-being. You will start noticing the benefits very quickly.
I have heard of mindfulness as a holistic therapy. What does this mean?
A holistic therapy, functional or complimentary medicine means that it is taking the whole of you and your circumstances and treating the whole thing rather than a set of symptoms. Our body and mind get unbalanced due to many factors and this disharmony can be a direct reflection of our lifestyle. Sometimes they can even be masked by a medical condition. However making lifestyle changes like slowing down, tapping into your breathing and being in the present moment will often encourage you in making better and healthier choices that in turns can have an impact to your overall health. It is not a magical cure but it makes you feel better and helps building resilience especially when experiencing chronic conditions and pain.
I don’t have much time as it is. How can adding something else to do help?
Being mindful and meditating can be short techniques and exercises. Because they bring you into the present and make you more fully aware, they increase your focus, energy levels and productivity. Taking a pause and do something calmer makes you more focused when you resume your daily activities, enabling to you to do more of the things that you need done and that are good for you. It is an investment that pays back ten folds but don’t take my word for it, try it and see for yourself.