What is Mindfulness?

 

Mindfulness is paying attention to present moment experiences with openness, curiosity, and a willingness to be with what is occurring without judgement. 

 

Mindfulness helps give us a 'pause' button for everyday life, allowing us to take a mental break from being instinctively reactive in our lives. In doing so, it gives us more space to choose how we respond to our bodily sensations, thoughts and emotions.

 

What are some of the benefits of Mindfulness?

 

  • Decreasing the symptoms of anxiety

  • Increasing a sense of empathy and spirituality

  • Reduced symptoms of chronic pain

  • Reduced stress levels

  • Increasing well-being

  • Preventing relapses of depression

  • Enhancing the quality of life through difficult times

 

Is Mindfulness related to religion?

Mindfulness does have some roots in contemplative practices (both religious and secular) that go back thousands of years. The contemporary view, however, is that the fundamental practices of compassion and awareness suggests that mindfulness is simply part of the human experience.

 

At Wellful, we take a wholly secular approach to Mindfulness that emphasises stress reduction, the cultivation of focus, and the development of empathy, gratitude and resilence. We draw from the large and growing body of scientific research showing the measurable effects of Mindfulness. So our approach is scientific and compatible with all religions. 

 

Is Mindfulness safe?

Mindfulness is generally considered to be safe for "healthy" people. The practice of Mindfulness is sometimes compared to physical exercise, just like how physical activity mostly brings benefits; it is not without some risks. Similarly, a Mindfulness practice may not always be appropriate for everyone. If you have any concerns with regards to the suitability of a Mindfulness practice, please consult a medical professional before commencing any exercises or training. 

What are Binaural Beats?

 

Binaural Beats are an emerging form of sound wave therapy. They make use of headphones to deliver different frequencies to the left and right ears which the brain perceives as a single tone. The Binaural Beat that a person perceives is the frequency difference between the two waves. So if the left ear is receiving a frequency of 258 Hz and the right ear 263 Hz then the difference is 5 Hz or a Theta pattern Binaural Beat. Binaural Beats only work with headphones.

 

The five different categories of Binaural beats are:

  • Delta pattern: Binaural Beats in the delta pattern operate at a frequency of 0.5–4 Hz with links to a dreamless sleep. People who received a delta pattern frequency during sleep entered a deeper stage of sleep, according to electroencephalogram (EEG) brain scan results.

  • Theta pattern: Practitioners set Binaural Beats in the theta pattern to a frequency of 4–7 Hz. Theta patterns contribute to improved meditation, creativity, and sleep in the rapid eye movement phase.

  • Alpha pattern: Binaural Beats in the alpha pattern are at a frequency of 7–13 Hz and may encourage relaxation.

  • Beta pattern: Binaural Beats in the beta pattern are at a frequency of 13–30 Hz. This frequency range may help promote concentration and alertness. However, it can also increase anxiety at the higher end of the spectrum.

  • Gamma pattern: This frequency pattern accounts for a range of 30–50 Hz. These frequencies appear to promote the maintenance of arousal while a person is awake.

 

At present Binaural Beat therapy is not part of standard care for any medical condition, and as such is considered to be         semi-experimental. If you have any questions or concerns with regards to the suitability of a Binaural Beat therapy, please consult a medical professional before commencing any exercises utilising Binaural beats.

Why does my mind wander off during meditation?

A wandering mind is a part of the meditation process for both novices and experienced meditators. So it is normal for your mind to wander during meditation. When you notice your mind wander, mindfulness teaches us to gently bring our focus back to the meditation.

What’s the Difference Between Meditation and Mindfulness?

Meditation typically refers to formal, seated meditation practice. There are many types of meditation such as ones that focus on opening your heart, expanding your awareness, calming your mind, experiencing inner peace amongst others.

Mindfulness is the simple act of paying attention and noticing being present in whatever you’re doing. When you are being actively mindful, you are noticing the world around you, as well as your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, movements, and effects you have on others around you. Mindfulness can be practiced both informally (at any time/place) and formally (during seated meditation). Where meditation is usually practiced for a specific amount of time, mindfulness can be applied to any situation throughout the day.

Do I need a special room or space to practice Mindfulness?

Mindfulness can be practiced almost anywhere, with modern headphones allowing practice in noisy environments such as commuting, airports or sitting at a desk. You can also take informal practices throughout the day, via exercises like mindful walking and eating. 

 

For more formal practice, however, most people do find it more beneficial to meditate in a quiet space away from distractions. 

 

How long does it take to benefit from a Mindfulness practice?

Like physical exercise, you need practise to benefit from MIndfulness. As little as 10 minutes a day, however, can make a significant difference in a short period of time.

 

Do many businesses utilise Mindfulness in the workplace?

Mindfulness is increasingly practised in many high profile organisations such as Google and Apple as well as business schools such as Harvard and INSEAD. You don't need to be a Fortune 500 company to see the many benefits of Mindfulness in the workplace. These include reduced absenteeism, increased productivity, as well as more resilient and empathetic staff.