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The Meaning of Mindfulness



The energy of the world in 2020 feels chaotic and uncertain and I believe now, more than ever, practicing mindfulness is the key to keeping yourself grounded and calm in these times of stress. Like a tree with strong roots that can sway with the changing winds but is not so inflexible that it snaps, mindfulness can provide us with that all-important inner calm that allows us to go with the flow.


Mindfulness is a concept that has gained a huge amount of awareness and popularity around the world. From athletes and CEO’s to monks and spiritual teachers, we’ve all tried to adopt mindfulness into our lives to reap the benefits of what it offers. But what does mindfulness really mean?

Defined as “a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations” it comes down to living in the present moment to find inner calm. The reasoning is that once we have inner calm, we can find outer calm. There are many wonderful ways this can be achieved, whether it’s through creative pursuits such as art, making music and gardening, to breathwork, meditation and exercise. Anything that stills the mind and creates awareness for the present moment in time, the only moment that that matters. Yoga is a particularly wonderful way to enhance this connection to the present, creating space and awareness in mind and body through breathwork, movement and focus.


The swinging pendulum


By finding moments of stillness we can find respite from the busy activity of our minds which churns out thoughts at a million miles per hour, constantly analysing, commenting, problem-solving, reminiscing and predicting. I like to think of our mind like a pendulum, constantly swinging from the past to the future but very rarely stopping at the bottom in the present. If we swing too often into the past we can experience sadness which is twofold. Either we look back at past happier times which we then compare to the present and, as a result, feel sadness and grief; or we look back at past unpleasant times and bring to the surface all those old negative emotions which can then impact our current mood. If we swing too much into the future we can experience anxiety, the unpleasant feelings related to worry about future uncertainties based on real or imagined events. It’s this lack of knowing and control which we find so uncomfortable to sit with, so when our minds live in the future we can inadvertently trigger anxiety and fear around what may or may not come to pass.


By living in that stillness of the present moment we lose thoughts of past sadness and future fears, and instead find the quiet that allows us to deeply connect with our ‘selves’ on an emotional, physical and spiritual level, leaving our busy thoughts behind.


Kinesiology, magic and mindfulness


It’s this awareness and connection that we work on in Systematic Kinesiology - a form of natural health care that uses muscle testing to read the energetic bio feedback system from our bodies to find where health issues stem from. When we find imbalances in the body we can then work on correcting them via specialised lymphatic massage, nutrition, electrical balancing and emotional work. The mind and body are a machine that works as one meaning that all our thoughts impact our physical bodies. When we unconsciously hold on to past trauma, negativity and toxic emotions, we can inadvertently manifest these thoughts and experiences into physical symptoms. So in treatments we work on looking at your health and wellbeing on every level, including the emotional, to bring balance and homeostasis to every system in the body.


The magic of Kinesiology is that it guides you back to balance and brings the swinging pendulum back to the stillness of the present. We do this through releasing old trauma stored deep within our subconscious and within the cellular level in our bodies, and through addressing future fears, anxieties and stresses. Releasing negativity, blockages and trauma allows us to bring our attention away from the past, out of the future and fully back into the present.


Five minutes to mindful


When you find your mind racing back and forth between the past and future there are easy ways to bring yourself back to the present through focusing on your breath. It's been proven that breathing to the count of six seconds in and six seconds out brings our nervous systems back to our parasympathetic state (out of the fight and flight state). I also find that if I’m stuck in past thoughts, bringing myself back to the present by listing ten things I’m grateful for can lift my spirits and refocus my thoughts on the now. Similarly with future worries, I find that it helps to write down my fears in a journal as once on paper I feel a sense of relief and release - they’re never as bad when you write them down.


If you have any questions about Kinesiology or finding mindfulness please get in touch with me at antonia.kinesiology@gmail.com - I'd love to hear from you!


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