Many of us spend our lives not living in the present moment. We fluctuate between planning or worrying about the future or perhaps dwelling on the past. We live our lives on ‘autopilot’ and have evolved to multitask which means we are rarely present in this moment, which can result in a state of ‘mindlessness’. In this state we spend a lot of our time judging our experience which results in a grasping at the pleasant and a movement away from the unpleasant, wanting things to be different. As a result, we may become vulnerable to feelings of anxiety, depression, stress and reactivity.
Mindfulness, rooted in Eastern meditation, is practiced by maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and the surrounding environment without judgement. Mindfulness, a universally applicable and scientifically proven practice, allows reconnecting with the body, restoring mind-body integration and health.
Benefits of mindfulness:
- reduced depression and anxiety,
- decreased stress,
- better sleep,
- improved focus and awareness,
- effective in pain management,
- improved health,
- better problem solving,
- improved impulse control,
- increased compassion and kindness,
- stronger relationships,
- and even higher life satisfaction
Mindfulness-based Interventions help to improve sexual function and satisfaction in men and women, where a non-judgemental moment by moment awareness with less focus on goal orientated performance during intimacy is encouraged. It has been found that Mindfulness-based interventions can enhance relationship satisfaction, autonomy, relatedness, closeness and acceptance of one another as well as reduced stress.