Mindfulness

  • By Pam Sidhu
  • 05 Jun, 2017

Mindfulness seems to be the current buzz word. Its everywhere, schools, workplaces, private classes, internet tutorials, books, you name it Mindfulness has reached there. For those of you who have not yet been bitten by the mindfulness bug. Read on to discover what Mindfulness is and how you can benefit from these relatively easy techniques.  

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is learning how to pay attention to the present moment. It is the ability to experience and live ‘in’ life on a moment to moment basis.

Many people can be plagued with  past memories or thinking about all they need to do in the future.

The mind is constantly racing. It is common while a person is doing a task they are already thinking about the next thing they are going to do.

They never actually pay full attention to the task that they are actually doing. When was the last time you stopped and just experienced this moment?  At Learn 2 Rest we guide people, not only, how to rest the mind but how to truly experience your life.

Most people are operating on auto pilot, in an almost trance like state. An example of this is driving,  when driving people tend to be on auto pilot, they are not thinking about what they are doing, they just drive from point A to point B. They are not being fully aware of the road, environment, and other road users. Can you remember how many trees that you passed this morning and which cars you saw along the way? Were you being mindful or were you lost in some thought, the radio, or some incident and continued to think about it for the rest of the journey, taking you out of the present moment.  Being mindful makes your journey safer and more pleasant.

Mindfulness is about waking up out of this trance like state, to come out of auto pilot and to become aware of the here and now. It is about returning our attention again and again to what is actually happening right in front of you, now!

The three minute breath meditation.

One technique for training our mind to be in the present moment is the three minute breath mediation. It is well known and simple technique in Mindfulness teaching.

 

  • Set a timer for three minutes and chose a comfortable position to sit, your back upright.

 

  • For three minutes just simply pay attention to your breath.

 

  • Become aware of the breath going into the body and out of the body. There is no need to breathe differently, just find a comfortable rhythm and focus on the breath going in and out of the body. If your mind begins to wonder and starts to jump from thought to thought, you become aware that you have come away from the breath and bring your attention back to the breath.

 

Through regular practise we can lengthen the time we stay with, and experience the breath, in the moment.  

At the very least, by practising this technique, we can become aware of the thoughts that our mind is running. Using the analogy of a computer, we know that when we have lots of different windows open the computer will start to operate more slowly. When we shut down the extra windows the computer performs faster and is more efficient. Similarly when doing the three minute breathing meditation we can become aware of all the different thoughts the mind is running. Some people find it helpful to have a notepad and pen handy and when the timer sounds to mark the end of the three minutes to jot down the thoughts that were being run in the mind. When we become consciously aware of the thoughts we are normally thinking on auto pilot we can start to switch them by bringing our attention to the present moment.


There is published scientific evidence that mindfulness can help with:


  •     Stress reduction
  •     Clarity and focus
  •     Greater resilience
  •     Enhanced creativity
  •     Improved relationships
  •     Improved concentration
  •     Rapport and communication
  •     Improved health and well being
  •     Greater confidence and self esteem
  •     Ability to have a better quality sleep
  •     Reduced anxiety and depression
  •      Improved work – life balance
  •     Greater work satisfaction
  •     Memory enhancement
  •      Intuitive ability
  •      Pain reduction

 The benefits of mindfulness are so well documented, now, that every corner of society seems to be embracing this practical way of being. This way of returning to our natural state has profound benefits. See for yourself, come out of your thoughts and experience the present moment today!

Email pam.sidhu@learn2rest.com to register your interest for a Mindfulness session today. Sessions are being run currently in the Midlands and online, location is not an issue.

By Pam Sidhu 05 Jun, 2017

Mindfulness seems to be the current buzz word. Its everywhere, schools, workplaces, private classes, internet tutorials, books, you name it Mindfulness has reached there. For those of you who have not yet been bitten by the mindfulness bug. Read on to discover what Mindfulness is and how you can benefit from these relatively easy techniques.  

By Pam Sidhu 16 Jan, 2017

Relatively Easy Slimming Technique 

Increase your energy levels, lose those extra pounds and focus your mind on your health goals. 

 

We know what happens when we put the wrong fuel into our car. Would you put petrol in a diesel car? Food is fuel for the body, so why eat food and drink that stops our body from performing to the best of its ability. Our bodies are designed to burn fat for fuel. Most of us are however burning sugars, which leads to highs and lows of energy. This in turn upsets our hormone balance, especially Insulin and Growth Hormone. 

This process can be quite complicated so I’m going to simplify it. Imagine there is a weighing scale. On one side we have Insulin, on the other we have Growth Hormone (GH). When one goes up the other comes down, for example, when our insulin levels are raised our GH comes down, when our insulin levels drop our GH can increase by up to five fold. Our body naturally producing this hormone (GH), has many health benefits and it is known for its anti-ageing and rejuvenating effects as it stimulates cell regeneration, cell production and cell growth in the body. 

Top Tips for weight loss! 

1) Be mindful of the GI value of food and drink. 
By being mindful of the GI (glycemic index) value of food and drink, we can help reduce the insulin rise produced. The glycemic index was invented to measure blood sugars when food is eaten. Each food is ranked by a number that indicates the food effect on a person’s blood sugar level. 

There are many apps and books available which tell you the GI values of food. If under 70 points the insulin rise would not be too high. If you really want to go for it (weight loss, higher energy levels) then I would recommend under 55 points. To make it easier foods are normally ranked under a traffic light system, for example if food is given a green light its low on the GI and ok to eat, if amber its ok, and a red light means a definite no, as its very high on the GI creating a high insulin response and amongst other things inhibiting Growth Hormone secretion. 

Here is an example of a typical glycemic table: 
Food type Glycemic index 
Dates 99 
Chana daal 8 
Baisen roti 27 
Maize Roti 62 
French fries 75 

By Pam Sidhu 04 Jan, 2017

Research has shown that people who remember positive events have a higher success rate than those who remember negative events. Most people have had many positive things happen in their lives. Many great experiences.  

 However, it is the minds tendency to remember the negative events more. Negative experiences can carry more emotional weight and therefore imprint deeper into the mind. This is why negative experience can seem to be closer to the surface of ones awareness.  

 This is compounded by today's commercial and social media. The mind is constantly being bombarded with negative headlines, stories and information.  It is like walking around with a black cloud. Everything that you see is clouded with negativity. 

 It is possible to train the mind to remember the good in everything. To train the mind to have the good experiences at the forefront of one’s mind. Every cloud will then at least have a silver lining. This is a basic skill that everyone should know and ideally would be taught at school. 

Every garden has weeds and flowers. A good gardener knows how to pull out all the weeds and water the flowers. This is the process in a nutshell. We fill our minds with flowers, colour and fragrance. Then there is no room for the weeds to regrow. Constant pruning of the weeds make sure every seed does not take root in your garden. 

 The ability to find the good in challenging situations is a skill that is highly treasured amongst successful people. It can be the difference between success and failure. The ability to rest the mind at will. No matter what circumstances that maybe presenting themselves. The ability to switch the mind to fill it full of happy things that nurture the positive goals in your life is one of the greatest gifts that you can give yourself. 

There are many simple techniques that people use to ensure that positive experiences are at the forefront of their mind. 

One such well known technique is to get a jar and every week write a note about a positive that has happened that week. At the end of the year open the jar and look at all the good things that have happened. It could be something that you are grateful for, something that made you smile, an achievement etc. Fill your jar with happy memories!

 As far as New years resolutions go. This is a good resolution...easy and very powerful. It benefits not just you but the people around you too. Try it, it is fun. You can do it as a team exercise at work, family bonding time, or your own personal jar filled with happy memories .You will be surprised at the journey you go on reliving the great events of the past year. Start filling your jar today! 

For a little extra help book in for your personalised REST session for our Relatively Easy Serenity Technique at www.learn2rest.com . Tailored to meet your needs, bring up your happy memories to the forefront of your mind and achieve deep level of rest.

By _dm_templates 01 May, 2016

Here are the top 10 reasons you should Learn2 Rest.

Anyone can REST :
Everyone and anyone can learn to REST. Good quality REST is a skill that can benefit you in many ways to navigate through the stresses and strains of modern life.

REST
is easy, quick and will make you feel vibrant.
The Relatively Easy Success Technique (REST) only take about 20-30 mins a day.
The results of quality REST, however, will last throughout your day making it easier to reach your goals for the day.


REST improves health:
The human body and mind work optimally when well rested.
There is overwhelming evidence that supports the positive health benefits of REST .
Many long term conditions that people suffer from are aggravated by stress and can be relieved significantly by REST
Good REST helps the body to reduce stress hormones, release dopamine and balance glycogen levels (yes, you can lose weight by resting).

REST improves relationships:
Good REST makes you less irritable, anxious and stressed. REST increases your ability to cope with challenging situations. As your capacity, tolerance and inner strength increases you will feel relationships improve. Ability to relate to other people can increase too!

REST improves performance at work:

We have all experienced that when we are well rested our performance levels increase.
Achieving our goals becomes fun and easy. Our Minds work better and we find creative solutions effortlessly.

REST allows people to craft better thoughts:
Instead of haphazard, fragmented thinking. A well-rested mind is focused and the thought process is smoother and more efficient.

Learning becomes easier:
Learning is a constant process in life. We continue to learn every day, new skills, new ideas, Learning is a part of life.
Again, a well-rested mind is more able to absorb and assimilate new information.

Good for Sleep:
REST will actually make you sleep more soundly and deeper, which in turn makes you feel more rested.
Once the mind is freed from constant chatter, anxiety and stressful thinking sleep becomes easier and blissful.

REST helps to relieve pain:
There has been some great research over the years that provides evidence that a rested mind can better cope with pain.
Studies in mindfulness and CBT show that a person’s ability to cope with pain and tolerance increase significantly.
REST can help to release endorphins. Endorphins are your body’s natural painkillers

REST helps with your self-expression:
We have all experienced moments when we are well rested. Life seems to flow easier, there is a spring in our step, and we feel naturally happier. In these moments our anxiety levels are lower and we can authentically express our true selves.

REST is good for you. Try it today!


By _dm_templates 01 May, 2016

My name is Pam, and this is my first blog.


Let me begin by telling you a little bit about myself and why I have set up this website. . I am a mother of two beautiful young children, I love nature walks, interesting holidays and have a passion for life. As a mother my life has been enriched and I feel blessed every day to be nurturing these two beautiful souls into their lives.

I grew up knowing there was more, more than what I learnt at school, more than my friends and family taught me. I had a deep knowing that most people were not experiencing life fully, but I didn’t know what was missing. I knew I wanted to help people so I started my early career working in a women’s refuge, helping women fleeing domestic violence. I then went onto manage a women's centre helping to empower women through education and skills training. Many lives were helped and touched but I saw a pattern emerging, although women were transforming their outer circumstances they were still unhappy. They were unable to break free from their past mentally and most of them continued to replay their negative past experiences inside their minds.

This led me to study Neuro Linguistic Programming and I also qualified as a Reiki Healer. I began my own business working with clients how to improve their health. Later I worked as a director for several companies promoting health and wellbeing. I qualified as a Nutritionist six years ago. My passion has always been however, to study different aspects of how the mind works for the past 15 years. 

My life has been full of experiences and there have been many lessons that I have been taught from the challenges that I have faced. From these experiences the single biggest lesson I have learnt is the power of rest. Good rest allows a person to harness the full power of the mind. Rest allows a person to become more effective and happier.

Therefore, I would like to share with you with you this lesson and it is my intention to deliver Relatively Easy Techniques to you. These Relatively Easy Techniques will allow you to learn and implement REST into your everyday life, enrich your life, helping you become healthier, happier and successful.


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