At the Happyness Center, our primary objective is to help you to look inward to your Self, rather than outward into the world for the answers to your troubling issues and questions. For true happiness is not determined by what is happening outside of you (though this is how most people believe) but by what is happening inside of you. Every tool shared by our dedicated practitioners is to inspire and teach you to look inside to your Self, rather than outside solutions which will always, in the end, leave your disheartened and unhappy.
One of the ways we want to help teach you to look inward is through mindfulness – a term you are no doubt familiar with as it becomes more popular in our culture (which is a great step forward to healthier humans!), but a practice you may not understand or know how to implement in your own life.
There are many scientific studies that have shown how mindfulness improves the mental health of those who cultivate the practice for even just a few minutes in their everyday life.
So what is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is simply being aware in the present moment while observing one's feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations.
It is a therapeutic technique where there is no calculation, explanation, or judgement, and that helps to clear our negative or distracting thoughts. When mastered, we can pay attention to our feelings and actions in any situation to help enhance concentration and recognize our emotional needs.
One of the most effective practices to refine your mindful responses is through body and breath sensing.
During body sensing you can feel more alive because you are paying attention to your physical sensations which can inform you about your bodily state, including any pain and tension you may be feeling or holding in your body. Body sensing also helps you heal, improve and deepen your relationship with your body. Regular practice can actually help calm your central nervous system, which benefits your physical, mental and spiritual body in a host of ways, including: improving your ability for relaxation and sleep; enhancing your body’s resiliency to stress; building a greater sensitivity to, and improving your skills of observation of your outside environment; improving your physical health; increasing your ability to handle and understand your emotions and more.
Breath sensing meditation helps you to observe, experience your inner state, and regulate your breath patterns. Mindfully following without interference and observing the breath can help develop a relationship with it. Deep, slow, and rhythmic breathing can help reduce anxiety, fear, and depression. Deep breathing also has the capacity to activate your immune system, hormones like serotonin and oxytocin, and your parasympathetic nervous systems. Regular breath regulation practice can even help deactivate the brain’s default network. Your own breath is truly one of the most powerful healing resources.
Through practice of body and breath sensing you’ll learn how to scan, perceive, and attend to the subtle physical messages your body is sending about your thoughts, emotions, and your well-being. You will also learn how to better ground your inner presence and moment-to-moment in your body and mind, increasing relationship with yourself at both your feeling and thinking levels of consciousness.
Learning how to be in relationship with your body and knowing how to practice body and breath sensing gives you the ability to sense early stress symptoms such as: irregular body position, heaviness, tightness, discomfort, or irritation. It gives you the knowledge and ability you to manage and heal these symptoms which in turn helps you to avoid distressing and possibly harmful conditions like anxiety, high blood pressure, low blood sugar, and fatigue.
The simple exercises we can teach you will reveal the powerful effect of sensing where you can activate a natural relaxation response in your body and mind and mindfulness of your thoughts and your surrounding environment.
We invite you to join us at our Monthly Meditation, Sunday September 29th, as we explore and discuss how we can achieve mindfulness through body and breath sensing, and give you opportunity to learn and practice this incredibly healing practice.