Mindfulness is a quality all of us can find in our everyday experience of life.
It can help us cope more effectively with short and long term stressful situations. It enables us to help ourselves with kindness, feel more relaxed and appreciate life more fully.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment without making judgements.
By becoming more aware of what you are thinking and doing, you can notice what is going on in your mind and body.
As we begin to notice our experience with more depth and kindness, we develop the ability to pause and consider what is most helpful for our situation.
How Mindfulness can help –
Being more aware of the present moment increases self-understanding
Noticing signs of stress or anxiety early allows us to manage them more effectively
Being mindful help us make wiser choices
Mindfulness encourages calmness and a broader view
Mindfulness-based approaches are now widely used in programmes to reduce stress, depression and anxiety, and to help with conditions such as chronic pain and illness.
A little background
The Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme was developed more than 30 years ago by Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts.
Together they explored the potential of meditation and yoga techniques to relieve chronic stress, anxiety, and pain.
MBCT (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) is an adaptation now recognized by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) for treating depression relapse.
In 2010 the Mental Health Foundation – who run the useful BeMindful website – found that over two-thirds of GPs support the proposal that mindfulness training
should be more accessible. They reported that
“Mindfulness approaches have been proven to be effective in a wide range of mental and physical health applications. Mindfulness generally supports health promotion and prevention of ill health.”
What happens in a Soul Plan Reading
In an individual reading your life is analysed in terms of your talents, goals, potential, lessons and obstacles to overcome and you will also discover your overall life purpose.
Simply by receiving the reading you will benefit from a healing and clearing of many redundant blockages. A clarity unfolds on what was vaguely suspected and gaining confirmation of (latent or manifest) talents and goals initiates a ‘true potential activation.’
Advice is given on how to overcome challenges (challenge management) and best reach your goals – it is very common for recipients of a reading to experience big shifts in their lives and circumstances. Some practitioners will carry out an additional healing on any limiting beliefs or energetic blocks that may be holding you back from aligning with your full potential (please check with individual practitioners as to whether they offer this service).
In summary a Soul Plan Reading is an interpretation of your potential experiences from this lifetime. This will include:
- An explanation of the challenges you are or have been facing
- An explanation of the talents /attributes latent or manifest within you
- An explanation of your deepest goals in the everyday and spiritual sense
- An explanation of your overall Soul Purpose
You will gain:
- a greater and clearer sense of life purpose
- a context for understanding why you have experienced the life you have thus far
- access to yourself on a deeper level, a soul level
- an acceleration of growth and healing
- a deeper sense of understanding about your life experience so far
- more clarity about life and your role in it
- a healing and clearing of redundant patterns
- a deep activation of your own unique abilities and potential
You will also receive practical guidance on how to:
- overcome your challenges/obstacles
- best use your talents
- achieve your goals
What is Spiritual Counselling?
Spiritual counselling takes the soul rather than the mind as it’s starting point. It has an expanded view of life, recognising that the world is a complex mystery and takes into account belief systems, personal energy systems, subconscious states of awareness, spiritual theology, spiritual presence and higher self connections.
Spiritual counselling sees that life is personal and each individual wants to build their own flowing relationship with themselves and others, without force. In spiritual counselling we show compassion for the self and others whilst working towards personal and collective growth. The aim is for clients to express themselves and their world with intimate wisdom, spiritual awareness and personal authenticity, using integrity and wise use of their spiritual gifts, skills and knowledge.
Spiritual counsellors need a cross cultural awareness and an understanding around spiritual emergency and other issues of spirituality. They recognise they are committed to a spiritual journey in their own lives and the lives of others. By focusing on their core inner connection and a mindfulness state, they create a holding and sacred space for the personal unfoldment of their clients.
In Spiritual Counselling the emphasis is on dealing with the whole person and assisting the client with however the symptoms appear. Each client is seen as an individual and sessions are non-prescriptive and individually tailored. The counsellor responds to immediate issues brought by the client, and supports and trusts the clients process.