Mindfulness

Present. Moment. Awareness.

“Our life is shaped by our mind, for we become what we think.”—Buddha

Stress is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

Formally defined by Hans Selye in the mid-2oth century, stress is understood as anything—positive or negative—that overwhelms your nervous system. Getting married, losing a job, even news of a promotion—all can place stress on your mind and body. In other words? It’s an ordinary and inescapable part of life.

When functioning properly, stress can work in your favor, helping you meet challenges and stay focused, alert, and energetic. And yet, when negative stress becomes prolonged, uncontrollable, or destructive, it can lead to a host of complications, including:

Symptoms of Stress

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Muscle tension and aches

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Headaches

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Gastrointestinal problems

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Fatigue

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Nervousness

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Changes in eating habits (overeating or under eating)

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Loss of enthusiasm or energy

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Insomnia

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Mood changes

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Irritability

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Depression

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Memory problems

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Loneliness and isolation

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Substance abuse

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Relationship problems

These symptoms can also be caused by other medical and/or psychological conditions.

Relief can be found in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. This tried-and-true approach to healing utilizes mindfulness to help people ground themselves in the present—a place where hurts from the past wane and worries over the future fade.

“Your mindful meditation was truly masterful yesterday. It was skillful and enjoyable. I have done that exercise before in an MBSR class and there was really no comparison. Yours was such an enjoyable and enlightening experience. The use of the slides was really wonderful – just perfect. Wishing you continues success and good health.”

L.E.

Why Practice Mindfulness?

Practicing mindfulness—the act of paying nonjudgmental attention to the present moment—gives you the gift of space: space to think, space to breathe, and space between a trigger and your reaction.

By developing a sense of present moment awareness, you can observe the thoughts that arise in your mind as something to be noticed, but not necessarily responded to or identified with. From this place, you can find clarity, empathy, and acceptance.

In addition, practicing mindfulness can…

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Lower stress levels

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Reduce anxiety

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Decrease rumination

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Promote sound sleep

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Alleviate pain

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Lessen loneliness

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Boost physical health

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Enrich brain function

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Enhance relationships

 

Through retreats, workshops, courses, and individual and group coaching, I can help you make mindfulness a key part of your daily life—and open you up to its world of rewards.

We Are Not Perfect

It may take practice but be kind to yourself and practice Mindfulness. In time you will get better at pausing and practicing Mindfulness.

To learn more about mindfulness and our programs,

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Joanne@joannekingcounseling.com

808.385.7513

Mindful Living Group 1300 North Holopono St Suite 108 Kihei, Hawaii 96753

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