Mindfulness“Stillness resides within, you only have to listen”
Taking a moment to be still allows you to tune into the immediacy of your experience; to notice it as it is right now. A moment of stillness can be just a pause, a moment in which you stop doing and simply take a deep breath.
Stress Management seems to be the number one thing many people are looking for. Mindfulness Meditation is a scientifically proven practice to reduce stress. Stress is mostly caused by our own thoughts. Learning to be aware of what we are thinking, and cultivating the ability to change the way we think, can greatly reduce stress. Marije Paternotte is a former corporate lawyer who has experienced first hand the debilitating effects of stress. She offers Mindfulness Meditation as a tool to manage stress.
Practicing mindfulness, in the form of moments of stillness, is a tool to be present and aware of how you feel in your body, of your breathing, and of the thoughts that are going through your mind, without judging. By experiencing the moment as it is, without making up a story or getting caught in thoughts about the past or future, and with consistent practice, you – literally – change the way your brain works. When you are fully present “in the moment” you will have the ability to choose how you act, instead of mindlessly reacting to whatever comes your way. With the power of choice you have the power to live and experience each moment as you make it, instead of feeling overwhelmed by everything that happens to you and by what others say or do.
Everyone can practice Mindfulness meditation. There is no such thing as a mind that “thinks too much”, or not having enough time to meditate. The mind is busy, that’s what it does, but we can train it – very much like we train a puppy – to sit still and experience the extraordinary state of well-being when we find stillness underneath the turmoil. And by simply sitting and breathing, we create a more coherent state of mind that makes us more productive, so we can get more done in less time.
Marije offers private Mindfulness meditation sessions in person, through Zoom, and in corporate offices.
Would you like to start a meditation practice and need a little help to get going? Are you already a meditator and need some motivation for your practice?
You can find my guided meditations on Insight Timer!
12:00 – 6:00 p.m.