There is no shortage of Mindfulness Workshops out there. They teach us how to get to grips with the concepts of awareness and attention, and how to apply the practices of mindful focus and meditation into our lives. They’re all valuable and effective. But, (you knew that ‘But’ was coming didn’t you?!) having done many of these courses myself over the years, I noticed that they don’t often delve deep enough into the holistic you, into the realms of Who You Are at the core, into what makes you tick, what works for you and what doesn’t. Mindfulness courses over here in the West seem to be afraid of the spiritual side of its practice.
I have studied mindfulness from different perspectives. In my college days when I was studying for my counselling qualifications we looked at mindfulness as a therapy from a psychological and CBT approach. The science. the research and the statistics were hugely important. If you are to know your mind, to then train your mind, you need to become intimate with your mind, to totally explore it. That’s where Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy comes in and that is what most mindfulness-based courses will help you to explore at a mind level.
In isolation, neither of these perspectives would have fully improved my life. They gave me knowledge and understanding of my mechanics at some level, but nothing truly profound or visceral. My experience of mindfulness up to this point didn’t really peel back many layers of my onion!
When I added the third perspective of mindfulness into the mix, the spiritual side, I was able to make mindfulness a fully ‘whole-istic’ experience. This is the power of three! I really re-connected my mind, body and soul. It was the combination of all of the different perspectives which gave me the visceral, deep clarity I needed to know my own mind, to connect it to my body and my soul, my innermost part of me, and this gave my mindfulness practice a profound essence and substance, a 'Wholeness'.
Mindfulness for me became a process of connecting the dots between my mind, body and soul and getting them to work together in unison, rather than regarding them as separate engines.
That is why all of my mindfulness courses and workshops are unique. They expand on traditional mindfulness courses by broadening the perspectives and the topics that they cover. We go deeper into mindfulness and how it can affect every area of your life when you apply its principles there.