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01.09.2015
One of the tenets of the Buddhist idea of mindfulness is the following: an attentive awareness of the present moment. I would like to use this image in a ppt presentation on mindfulness in a nonprofit educational setting.
Love the mindfulness graphic and used it to for a free educational wellness program at the local library, crediting you! I have used your photo in my blog where i’m talking about mindfulness because I love it so much. I’ve been practicing yoga and meditation for some time now, and finally wanted to write a post on the benefits of practicing mindfulness. Great Graphic Doug; Appreciate the generosity you show in allowing your image to be shared. Hi Doug, I’m doing a leaflet for a university project on mindfulness and would like to know if it is ok to use your image?
I am putting together a 2 page educational handout regarding Mindfullness and Health for wellness coaching.
I’m facilitating Mindfulness Meditation workshops at the University of Maryland Counseling Center. I came across one of your images (the mindfulness one: past-present-future) on the wall of my yoga class room (in Rotorua, New Zealand). I would like permission to use your images in handouts for clients and to share the handouts with other colleagues. Hi Doug, I used your Mindfulness image on my therapies website a couple of years ago, I’ve now got a different website and have done a similar post on it. Would it be possible to use this image within promotional material for some mindfulness sessions? Hi Doug, may wish to use this image as part of an in-house presentation on one of our Health & Wellbeing days as part of a Health & Safety week promotion if that is ok? Hi Doug, I am a mindfulness teacher in Australia and I am putting together a mindfulness workbook.
Also, I’m hoping to do a series of free talks at other libraries and community centers over the next year – would it be OK to keep using your image for these other events, without asking permission each time?
Would you mind I use your picture on my Facebook to sharing “Mindfulness” to people in Taiwan?
The Pali word for mindfulness is Sati, which actually means activity and is also translated as awareness. While reading many explanations of mindfulness, I came to realize that a better understanding of mindfulness requires a tremendous amount of reading and comprehension.
So where does that leave the average person, like you and I, in terms of gaining a better understanding? Anapana Sati, the meditation on in-and-out breathing, is the first subject of meditation expounded by the Buddha.
I think this is highly relevant that it was Buddha’s first teaching on meditation, because all things begin and end with the breath.
And while I do think that complete comprehension of mindfulness goes far beyond mere words, I feel confident that the breath can lead us to that deeper understanding. If we can train our minds to be constantly aware of this breath, we become more and more mindful of thoughts and feelings (physical and emotional) that arise and fall away.
We all know that we are constantly breathing, now all we have to do is pay attention to this.
Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Mindfulness is being increasingly recognised as an incredibly effective way to cope with stress and also recognised by NICE and the NHS as the most effective way to prevent relapse into depression and anxiety states. Mindfulness meditation stems from the Buddhist tradition, but has been secularised to ensure that it is fully inclusive.
Mindfulness is not paying more attention but paying attention differently , more wisely and more kindly- with the whole heart and mind, using the full resources of the body and its senses. Mindfulness enables you to increase awareness so that you can respond to situations with choice, rather than react automatically.
Mindfulness is not about trying to get anywhere but to learn to be aware of where you actually are and allow yourself to be where and as you are.
Both mind and body are vital to finding inner stillness and mindfulness works with both mind and body. Mindfulness is not just about formal meditation practice,  but also teaches techniques that can be incorporated into every day life. So many of us find it difficult to `juggle’ and cope with the pressures of modern living.
So, practicing mindfulness gives us more insight into our thoughts & emotions,  it boost our attention and concentration levels and improves relationships. These clinically based approaches are Intended to teach people practical skills that can help with physical and psychological health problems and ongoing life challenges.


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Mindfulness handler om selvudvikling blandt andet ved, at du ser pa dine egne tankemonstre. Den mindfullness udovende har bedre mulighed for, at forholde sig objektivt til hvad der nu end skulle dukke frem i nuet. Alle mennesker har en form for bevidsthed og koncentration. Nar vi dyrker mindfulness booster vi vores bevidsthed og koncentrationsevne. Hvis der noget der vil blive sat pa prove i forbindelse med mindfullness og meditation, sa er det din talmodighed. Meditation kan bedst betegnes som et generelt begreb, der d?kker over en r?kke forskellige praksisisser, som har til formal at udvikle den enkeltes bevidsthed. Mange folk v?lger, at gore brug af meditation fordi de l?nges efter at mildne eller slippe fri af fysiske smerter, tristhed, stress, angst mm. Mange begynder dog ogsa at meditere, af ren nysgerrighed for hvordan deres bevidsthed fungere og er skruet sammen. Alt i alt er der utallige forskellige grunde til at begynde at meditere og dyrke mindfullness. Mindfulness is an important technique in the cultivation of metta and can be applied in all day-to-day situations. Mindfulness goes hand in hand with metta, because as we practise metta more and more, we will become naturally more aware of our own wellbeing and as well as the wellbeing of others. In fact, when we begin to mindfully observe the body in this manner, we start to see how we often don’t even look after our own body with metta, and thus we will be better able to act with loving-kindness towards ourselves, and amend our lifestyle patterns such as how and what we eat, what activities we do, etc.
On a daily basis we are afflicted by three main negative states of mind: (1) craving or desire, (2) anger or aversion, and (3) delusion.
In my recent review paper on attentional control mechanisms in mindfulness meditation I also presented our Liverpool Mindfulness Model. This attentional, emotional and cognitive flexibility gets a specific flavour when it is combined with a certain mental stance, perspective or view – and this is expressed here as non-judging awareness, the ability to be aware of the various mental states without being caught (out) by them, but rather being able to maintain an open presence. In our own research we are, for example, interested in eating behaviour, where pilot data from a mindful eating intervention we developed suggest changes in actual eating behaviours.
Although the practice of mindfulness is conceptually incredibly simple (“Just focus on the sensation of your breathing and maintain a non-judgemental, open awareness of all arising mental events”), if we look a bit closer, it entails a whole range of aspects that influence and are influenced by this practice. I’m very interested in mindfulness research as I have been meditating for the past 2 years,and find it to be very helpful. I am a retired counselling psychologist and has being practising mindfulness meditation for the past 15 years and I find it to be very helpful. And if you think of it, send me a image of your poster, I am curious to see how it fits in with your research. I’d like to use it in a power point for a workshop at Widener University on mindfulness-based body awareness for social workers and sex therapists. They have a feeling of movement to them which is juxta posed with the idea of stillness in mindfulness meditation!
Yes, feel free to use any of these images in your blog post (a link back here to this page would be much appreciated!). Secondly, feel free to share these images with those you work with – to be honest, I could use more reminders of mindfulness myself.
Yes, feel free to keep using it ?? Glad to hear you’ve checked out Verbal To Visual as well – you should give sketchnoting a try! I’m giving a free talk at my local library on mindfulness, and the librarian and I would like to use your image on a flyer, their Facebook page, and their online event calendar. Even some of the most scholarly Monks that have written essays on this subject often say that much of the understanding is beyond words. If you have no breath, then there is no thought, no feeling, no sensation, no desire, no clinging, no attachment. This is done by intentionally becoming more aware of our mind and thoughts, of where our attention is, how we can change that focus of awareness and the effects this has on our well-being. Every day, a quarter of a million people take time off work because of stress, with 75 per cent of all illnesses thought to be stress-related. It’s proven to help with anxiety, stress, depression, and addictive behaviours, and can even have a positive effect on physical pain, hypertension and heart disease. They are an integration of Buddhist practices and philosophy of mindfulness, with current psychological understanding and knowledge.
Taught through meditation skills which include bringing attention to the breath and the body during stillness and movement. I run a four session course as an introduction to mindfulness & meditation based on the clinically proven approaches of MBSR and MBCT.
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Men skulle gerne ende ud i, at give dig n?rv?r og fuldst?ndig fokus pa det der foregar i nu’et.


We can describe ‘mindfulness’ as being present, with clear awareness of our body, feelings and state of mind. Likewise, as we practise mindfulness more, we will be more sensitive to our own and other’s happiness. By observing our breathing, in and out, we will begin to notice when we are tired, or when we are angry etc., because the pattern of our breathing changes[1]. In our practice of metta we first have to be able to observe the feeling of calmness and quietness within.
Sometimes we try to apply metta when we get affected by negative emotions, such as anger, jealousy, confusion or depression, but we find it difficult because we are so caught up in that emotion. You are so angry you just cannot have thoughts of metta towards them – your thoughts of anger are the opposite of metta. Buddhist Library & Meditation Centre - Metta Round The World on Participating OrganisationsWelcome! The main purpose of this model is to serve as a structuring aid for our own meditation research.
These two aspects of attention and awareness are considered the two main contributors when developing a mindful approach to one’s life. Because the practice aims at some of the most central aspects of our conscious awareness – attention, emotion, cognition) the effects it has can be as far-reaching and wide-spread as the rapidly evolving research and the practical applications suggest. I am now pursuing my PhD research work in social gerontology with mindfulness as my field of study. The cartoon above is a gentle reminder to keep your mind aligned with your body in the only time we ever actually have – the present.
I appreciate how you share your story, in particular the multiple exposures to mindfulness in different contexts before it really caught on.
I produce a flier to advertise these free workshops, and I think the images capture the essence of how I explain mindfulness to the participants very well. When life feels full of challenges and days seem hard to cope with, It can be hard to see light at the end of the tunnel.
The two main approaches that have been developed in recent years are Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) both of which are taught over eight weeks in 2 hr or 2.5 hr. This technique is a powerful tool in coping with negative situations such as stress, conflict, or pain, as well as bringing clarity, calmness and appreciation to positive situations.
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Without refining our attentional skills and developing the ability to maintain a stable focus of attention for some time, a profound development will be difficult. You may republish this post in unaltered form – On republishing it you must provide the link to this original post. By observing our posture, we will start to notice how incorrect posture also affects our wellbeing, and we will start to learn to treat our own body with metta – to sit, stand and move in a way that is conducive to our physical wellbeing. And by practising both metta and mindfulness, we will develop the clarity and wisdom to overcome delusion. When drawing up this model I tried to be frugal and only included the most crucial aspects, while leaving out many other components. However, the term ‘attention’ is meant to capture something much broader, including for instance attentional control mechanisms, which include an awareness of one’s cognitive and emotional states and the resulting ability to respond to them in a flexible way. Similarly, it will be important to consider the outcomes in terms of physical and mental wellbeing but also – and this has so far hardly been considered – in terms of behavioural outcomes. Once you are mindful, clearly aware of the emotion itself, you have already stepped out of that state. Every ‘box’ in this model can be further subdivided into many more fine-grained aspects and every arrow that is present warrants a whole research programme, not to mention all the other ‘missing’ arrows that would outline further interrelationships.
The model mentions here three descriptors that qualify ways of acting in an aware, flexible and autonomous fashion.
This is how mindfulness provides the space to overcome negative emotions and instead cultivate positive ones. But if you change your focus to the present moment, aware of just the emotion which you are experiencing, you have the chance to step out of that anger and apply metta.
These three qualifiers (and probably a lot more) could then be applied to various specific fields of activity. When practising mindfulness, we just observe and know what the feeling is like, without having aversion to any unpleasant feeling, or clinging on to any pleasant feeling.



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