Mindfulness Works is a trans-Tasman organisation comprising the regions largest group of experienced Mindfulness Educators.
We offer practical, accessible, non-religious mindfulness and meditation courses and workplace training throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Our vision is to “significantly improve the mental health and well-being of all and to foster self-acceptance and self-love in all.”
Mindfulness is a simple and practical way to learn to observe our thoughts, rather than be trapped by them and worrying about the past or the future.
Meditation is where we sit still undistracted for a period of time and practice being mindful
“Mindfulness helps you to keep your thoughts in the present moment. As you practice, you tend to get better at calming the mind and keeping things in perspective.” — Dr Grant Blashki GP and Beyond Blue’s (beyondblue.org.au) lead Clinical Advisor.
The Top 3 Benefits of Mindfulness and Meditation
1. Less stress and anxiety. With practice and over time, mindfulness and meditation reduce the amount of stress and anxiety we experience. This occurs because a) we are taking time out of our day to relax and not be distracted by family, work and other obligations and b) we learn practical skills for working with difficult mental states so they have less negative impact on us.
2. More self-acceptance. Mindfulness allows us to realise we are perfectly OK just as we are, right here and right now. This OK-ness includes feelings our feelings of unworthiness, shame, guilt and feeling like we need to change. We understand and realise for ourselves that is OK to not feel OK and difficult emotions, feelings and life-circumstances are not proof we have somehow failed.
3. Better sleep. Many people experience better sleep when they practice meditation. This is simply the result of relaxing through meditation on a daily basis. The more relaxed we become, the easier it is to sleep.
The Top 3 Myths about Mindfulness and Meditation
1. You need to stop your thoughts to meditate. You do not need to stop thinking when you practice mindfulness and meditation. Thinking is a natural part of being human. Instead of trying to stop our thoughts, we learn to observe our thoughts. By observing our thoughts instead of being trapped in them, we reduce the amount of anxiety and stress we experience.
2. You need to sit cross-legged on the floor to meditate. You do not need to sit in any particular position to practice meditation. You can sit on a chair, you can lie on your back or you can stand to practice meditation. Mindfulness can be practised throughout our day, even when we are engaged in conversation.
3. You need to chant, pray, believe in a religion to practice meditation. You do not need to chant, pray or believe in any religion to practice mindfulness and meditation. Mindfulness and meditation can be practiced and you can enjoy it’s benefits no matter what religious background you have, including if you are 100% non-religious. The practice does not rely on any dogma, beliefs or religion. This is why many psychologists offer mindfulness in their practices for their clients.
The Science Behind Mindfulness
Many peer-reviewed scientific studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of both mindfulness and meditation in terms of reducing stress and anxiety and improving mental health. Read how mindfulness works and what the science says.
“Multiple scientific studies have demonstrated effects of mindfulness on wellbeing, as well as effects of mindfulness on brain function and brain structure. The neuroscience community accepts these facts. There is no debate surrounding the potential for mindfulness to deliver positive benefits for individuals and organisations.” – Dr. Bechara Saab, PhD Neuroscientist, Mobio CEO
All information on this page is taken from the Mindfulness Works Website.