As the festive season approaches, we look at how ‘more’ doesn’t always equate to happiness. But what does lead to happiness?
In the Western World, we are led to believe that having ‘more’ brings greater happiness. This can apply to many things, such as TVs, cars, food, exercise and so on. Compared to previous generations, we have more than we ever have had materially, but we are not necessarily happier and our wellbeing is suffering.
This is partly driven by today’s demanding pace, in a world of affordable, disposable goods that are here today, gone tomorrow. We have stopped living in the now, or put another way, we have stopped being mindful.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is quite simply paying full attention. Scientific studies have shown that mindfulness not only prevents depression, but that it also positively affects the brain patterns underlying day-to-day anxiety, stress, depression and irritability so that when they arise, they dissolve away again more easily – a useful aid for the busy season ahead.
Practical Mindfulness examples
Over the coming weeks, you’re likely to be meeting up with old friends or family. It’s easy to lapse into the same tired-old conversations, but try to pay full attention to what they are saying rather than thinking of something else or how you are going to respond. You will find, the dynamic of the conversation changes and you start to enjoy listening.
At this time of year, food is often plentiful and it’s the perfect time to reconnect with your senses. This is being mindful. So, when you have your bonfire night toffee or first mince pie, enjoy the moment and remember how delicious it tastes. When you stop being mindful and start eating without thinking, this is when you no longer enjoy the moment.
Preparing for the busy season
To prepare yourself and to protect your wellbeing during the busy season, you can start by practising mindfulness. At Jung Shim, we run classes to introduce mindfulness and meditation. The classes are based on eastern principles that promote mindfulness and good health through a steady flow and healthy store of human energy (Qi), which maintains the balance of mind, body and spirit.
Qi Classes last one hour and consist of chanting, gentle movements and meditation to help re-train our minds to be more mindful, accepting and appreciative in preparation for the season of giving.
Jung Shim means ‘beautiful mind’. At our Jung Shim Centres our aim is to help people recharge the body and clear the mind to regain our health and wellbeing.
We offer energy treatments, energy classes as well as lifestyle advice all designed to help recharge you human energy.