18
Mar

Empower your life, one mind­ful minute at a time

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Many years ago, I found myself really strug­gling with stress caused by an over­act­ive mind. I’ve always been an intro­vert, and I ten­ded to over ana­lyse everything. As an over thinker, I spend a lot of time alone in my head – and most of the time, I love it! But… it doesn’t always love me.   Some of the wor­st con­front­a­tions I was hav­ing were in my own head – and it wasn’t healthy. I needed to find a way to calm my mind, and let go of all the thoughts I was so attached to.

When I first tried med­it­a­tion everything I read said I had to sit for 20 minutes at a time. I tried, I really tried. But I just couldn’t do it and I felt like a fail­ure. It wasn’t until I learnt that I could start small and build the habit that I really star­ted to enjoy the bene­fits of being more mind­ful. Over the years, I’ve con­tin­ued to study and prac­tice med­it­a­tion and mind­ful­ness and I’ve found it has enorm­ous bene­fits for me per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally. It has also trans­formed they way I lead and man­age people.

Now I believe devel­op­ing a mind­ful­ness prac­tice can help many oth­er people, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to cop­ing with stress. WHO have stated that stress is the “health epi­dem­ic of the 21st cen­tury”. It costs the Aus­trali­an eco­nomy $15 bil­lion and the Amer­ic­an eco­nomy $300 bil­lion a year. Glob­ally over 300 mil­lion people suf­fer from depres­sion.

My pas­sion is show­ing people how they can be more mind­ful in their lives and the many bene­fits it offers. I love the feed­back I get when people tell me how mind­ful­ness has helped them. And con­trary to pop­ular belief, you don’t need a lot of time to start being more mind­ful.

I’m really excited about the oppor­tun­ity to work with the TEDx­Can­ber­ra audi­ence dur­ing the Empower Salon.

Dur­ing the work­shop I want to explore what it means to use mind­ful­ness as a way of empower­ing people to be more present in their lives. This is not only for their men­tal well­being, but also to enhance their rela­tion­ships with the people in their lives.  And we are going to do it in a really prac­tic­al way, with lots of activ­it­ies and sug­ges­tions for how people can start apply­ing this in their own lives.

Has mind­ful­ness turned me into a monk who sits on a moun­tain­top in silence for weeks at a time? No not at all, but it has given me a set of tools and tech­niques I use on a daily basis to be more present with what I’m doing and this has had an enorm­ous impact on my life. I still stumble from time to time; but now I am able to recov­er quick­er rather than get caught up in self-defeat­ing thoughts. My abil­ity to stay focused and calm in stress­ful situ­ations has also increased sig­ni­fic­antly.

I’m a strong believ­er that we need to make mind­ful­ness fit our lives, and by start­ing small we can do just that. You don’t need to carve out massive chunks of your day to be more mind­ful. You can be mind­ful in a minute.

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