Mindfulness, is a trending concept at present. But what does it really mean. In the media it seems to be some kind of magical fix for stress. But are we spending so much time talking about it, that we forget to actually practice it?
Mindfulness is really a very simple concept: It is to NOTICE, be AWARE and be PRESENT in the moment. For example it can be as simple as taking in what is around you, what your five senses: see, hear, touch, taste and smell.
So stop right now, wherever you are, and check in with your senses. What Do You Notice? Is it different to what you were experiencing a minute ago, while in the same space?
Mindfulness Concept versus Practice
Now I said it’s a simple concept. But practically sometimes not so much. Why? Well, we are humans! We have active, creative minds. Our minds are often overstimulated, stressed, tired and just plain busy.
And well, we all have that inner voice. Typically if we’ve just taken the time to NOTICE, our inner voice will be commenting. So let’s give an example. We might have noticed a loud sound. Internally we ask why it was so loud? Couldn’t whoever was making the noise be quieter? And then we find we are annoyed about what we just mindfully noticed.
On the other hand we might have been beautifully amazed at what a difference just noticing made. That’s great! But did you then inwardly chastise yourself for not normally being more aware? How could you not notice that stuff? And, yes we’ve judged our own performance of awareness? Hmm, that doesn’t seem to be the hoped for pathway to relieving stress.
Mindfulness is indeed an incredible practice. But our creative, questioning minds can find it a challenging practice. One of the keys to finding the benefits in mindfulness is to JUST NOTICE.
Mindfulness in Qigong
In Wisdom Healing Qigong teachings we remind ourselves to “just notice, not labeling good or bad”. We teach ways to lead the mind away from judgement. Practice recognizing the creation, or attachment to a story around what we’ve noticed. We are practicing mindful self-love. We are using mindfulness to help retrain our mind, body and heart to find alignment.
This way of mindful thinking and reacting is particularly valuable when dealing with health challenges. That is one of the things this system of Qigong focuses on, “the self empowerment of healing yourself and healing of others.”
When experiencing health challenges it is common to have a story of a diagnosis. This may also evoke a roller coaster of emotions. We might be experiencing various symptoms that we would categorize as either good or bad. The WHQ practice of the 3A’s (Acceptance, Activation and Appreciation), is a mindfulness technique that helps to move forward. Past the story of diagnosis. Forgetting labeling of the symptoms, and onto a healing pathway.
Our minds are a very powerful tool. It can greatly support, but also sometimes hinder, our healing journeys. We need to let go of the stories, of the judgments, and of any limitations. Wisdom Healing Qigong is a pathway to achieving this process.
The connection of the mind “Coming back to the body as home”, regardless of diagnosis and circumstances, is the first step to a powerful healing process. Qigong practices give the busy mind a focus. It connects the mind with the body and directs energy for healing in a positive process of mindful movement. “Where the mind goes, chi flows”. Visualizations and sound vibrations, add deeper layers to these mindful processes. Gradually we train the mind, body and the heart’s intention to more easily connect, notice and be aware. Being present, being connected and being empowered to heal yourself and others is our mission at Koru Koha Wellbeing.
Haola Haola Haola (All is Well, and Getting Better)