Each class you attend at Present Movement will finish with a few minutes of mindfulness.
Mindfulness simply means bringing our attention to our experiences in the present moment.
It is a way of quieting our naturally thinking minds and instead focusing our attention on our breathe or the environment around us through our senses such as touch, smell and the sounds around us.
You can apply mindfulness to virtually anything that you are doing whether it be walking, running, sitting at your desk or even to eating or drinking. All that is required is that you choose a focus point.
By doing so you will find that it naturally brings about a sense of calm and alleviates stress.
Both Tai Chi and Qigong are effective forms of mindfulness because they bring our attention to our hands and our legs as well as our breathe.
And by attending classes you will find that it will help you integrate mindfulness into other areas of your life as well.
In our lightning-fast instant gratification culture, it is easy than ever to become distracted. Mindfulness helps us recognize distractions or impulses and let them pass without judging them.
Mindfulness helps us to become more accepting of ourselves and others by helping us to suspend self judgement and instead bring our attention back to the present moment.
We tend to lose touch with what our body is feeling most of the time. Mindfulness helps us to listen to our bodes, helping us to make healthier food and lifestyle choices.
Mindfulness helps to quite our busy minds and brings our attention to the present moment, naturally reducing stress.
Below is a short video by a mindfulness app develeoped by a UK man named Andy Puddicombe, called “Headspace” (not associated in any way with Headspace Australia, just the same name).
It’s a fantastic short video that perfectly explains mindfulness.
Remember, both Tai Chi and Qigong are forms of mindfulness meditation, so by attending classes you will start gaining the benefits that come with mindfulness.