“Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.”

-Sharon Salzberg

It is transformational to live in the present moment. But, what work is done by the brain to make it learn mindfulness?

When we practise mindfulness or meditation, scientists still don’t have a clear understanding of what actually happens in the brain.If we do not take a break and allow ourselves to press pause, it is naturally going to weigh heavier on the stress side.

Stress increases heart rate and blood pressure in combination with the release of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, weakens immunity and decreases fertility. The state of relaxation, on the other hand, is associated with higher levels of happy chemicals such as serotonin and with the growth hormone that repairs tissue and cells. This state of relaxation is achieved via mindfulness. Relaxation has almost the opposite effect on our body than the stress. Once you remember to be mindful the following health benefits such as- decreased heart rate, improved immunity, and a body that is healthy.

Our understanding of the brain is only the tip of the iceberg, because we still need to learn so much more. There are hundreds of trillions of neurons in the human brain that help brain cells interact with each other. There are between 80 and 100 billion neurons in the brain, which help create these connections.

Mindfulness is not a product of these synapses, it’s a process. A process to be aware of your cognitive activity. 

Hardships are a part of everyone’s life. It is not without them that we have reached a place in our lives. The hardships make us learn things much before we are able to understand them. Much before we could know how to process and channelise them.

As we grow one may believe that he/she might have forgotten about it, but the truth is that it is there. The memory and induced trauma are there. They are reflected in the way we function.

What is implied here is that a coach can guide you to be out of the old way of functioning and processing. A mindfulness coach is there to expand your horizon and thus heal you for a healthier you. For both brain and body.

Health Mindfulness Coaching

Let us take an example of a child, who grew up in an environment where his demands were not responded with sufficient guidance. Either way to get things done for him was a method of exchanging favours. Imagine that child is a grown up now. Now this man is going to be a people pleaser. Always worried about upsetting other people rather than respecting his own boundaries.

Will such a person ever become an effective and assertive leader?

Most certainly not. This is how a trauma or deteriorating childhood habit can be a part of our daily behaviour and we may never know about it. This is where a coach is needed.

For both, emotional wellbeing and also emotional endurance, mindfulness skills and understanding are particularly effective. The coaches provide clients with a dual-focused approach at Coaching the Brain; using meditation strategies and knowledge of mindfulness to provide a ‘rapid response’ instrument in times of need (sadness, stress, worry, frustration, etc.) and to provide skills to help them to improve their ability to avoid being swept up and consumed in the first place by such emotions.

Health Mindfulness Coaching helps individuals make improvements in behaviour to enhance their health and well-being, and its patient-centered and inspiring approach is attracting national attention. It is designed to help a person define their priorities or aspirations, understand where they are in a process of change, recognise their strengths and assets, and decide what tools and support are required to achieve optimum well-being.

Mindfulness coaching is there to heal you, not to get fixed

Our emotional health is not a problem that we need it fixed. There is always a rush to the easy fixature in modern life.

Our first approach to rescue a moment is to attempt to alter the moment as it is experienced or manipulate it into something else. If it is not the attempt to , then the next coping mechanism is to deny the moment by seeking to cover it with something else.

For emotional healing, it is most important to accept all what you already feel. A strong and calming approach is first to recognise the feelings and even respect them before we rush to ‘fix’ or change our emotions; slowly turning towards them and accepting them for what they are. They are part of our life’s special and rich personal tapestry. All of our emotions serve a reason, even those that feel difficult and unwanted.

Emotions provide depth to our lives. Depth to perceive the reactions and relate them to a trigger cause. One of the abilities of applying this approach to mindfulness is to be able to ‘be with’ the thoughts as they are at that moment. To understand them, to put them in perspective and also to realise from such highly charged emotions there can be important personal development.  However, without being overtaken, hijacked and overwhelmed by the emotions but to derive strength from them.

Acceptance can be accomplished through meditation and mindfulness skills. Once you learn to accept, you allow yourself to make life fuller and more centered, even in moments of emotional difficulties!

Whether you are a coach or a coachee; always remember you are getting healed not fixed.

The trick is to accept the emotion not to become the emotion. It is quick and easy to learn meditation methods. One of the many advantages of becoming aware is the freedom to ‘step out’ of what is considered an emotional cage. At times of stress, concern, fear and highly heavy emotions, we are literally taken away by a part of our brain that takes the driving seat.

The healing meditation strategies and knowledge of mindfulness allow us to ‘get out of’ the emotional cage. Once a coach makes you understand you learn to take over the driving seat and reach into a state of equilibrium, calm and clarity. The bigger fraction of mindfulness emotional coaching is dedicated to meditation techniques. We will talk about it later.

Should you be curious about other ways in which the mind can be tamed to make a better living and personality, reach out to one of our team members about Coaching the Brain.

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