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What is Mindfulness?

Trevor November 19, 2020
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Welcome Aboard

Thank you very much. We are super grateful you have decided to do this Mindography Program. We have put our heart and soul into this and we hope you can benefit from the things we have learned on our journey.

Its a proven fact that people can sometimes find it a little difficult to invest in themselves and prioritise their own self care. Well done you for making that decision. Investing in yourself is one of the most important and empowering things you can do in your life. By doing so, you are enhancing your own life and as a consequence of that you are also enhancing the lives of the people you meet and interact with every single day.

” Always invest in yourself, because it pays the best interest ”

You are now part of a bigger purpose with this community. This is a community dedicated to supporting and encouraging each other to live life in the present moment, not dwelling on regrets of the past or worries of the future. Here we spend time expanding our minds, while also focusing on happiness in our lives through mindful photography.

Enjoy every second of your journey and remember to support and encourage others in theirs.

Our Goal & Methods 

At Focus On Happiness we believe the most important things you can have in life is health, love, happiness pictures and memories. We value things like openness, creativity, positivity, support, empathy, well-being, happiness, inclusivity, connection, freedom and authenticity. Our mission is to enhance how people see and experience the world every day. We aim to empower members to cultivate more happiness and well-being in their lives, one photograph at a time.

Perma Theory of Happiness & Wellbeing 

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Focus On Happiness is built using The Perma Model of Well-being. Perma uses 5 important building blocks which can enable people to ‘’Flourish’’ in life. This theory was created by an American psychologist called Martin Seligman – Click Here to read some more about Martin and his views on the science behind happiness.

The 5 building blocks: –

  1. P – Positive Emotion = Feeling good
  2. E – Engagement = Being completely absorbed in activities
  3. R – Relationships = Being authentically connected to others
  4. M – Meaning = Purposeful existence
  5. A – Accomplishment = A sense of accomplishment and success

The PERMA model can help to increase people’s awareness. When a person is able to focus on the combination of all of PERMA’s elements at once, they will experience more happiness and well-being in their lives than people who have not managed to do so yet.

This is a great video by MindfulNEWS , What is Mindfulness? With some simple answers.

What is Mindfulness? 

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“ Paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non judgmentally “ Jon Kabat Zinn

First penned by a man called Jon Kabat-Zinn in the 1970’s. Jon is an American professor of medicine and the creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. 

Similar practices to mindfulness have been seen, taught and spoken about throughout history by great philosophers and theologians. In our opinion they are all speaking about the same thing and in modern days we call it Mindfulness.

“Mindfulness helps you to concentrate on whatever you are doing, while making you fully aware of what you are thinking, how you are feeling and helps you not to let these things affect how you act” – Trevor O’Donoghue

Many people believe Mindfulness means Spirituality, but you can be a mindful person without being spiritual. One doesn’t necessarily mean the other. Mindfulness means you are paying attention to you and your surroundings in the present moment and in a non judgmental way.

While experiencing moments of mindfulness, your mind and body are both at-ease, which can lead to many benefits, including reduced stress, improvements in your health and wellbeing, decreased feelings of depression and anxiety, increased happiness and positivity, decreased perceptions of pain and even improved healing.

Check out this great article detailing a broader outline of The Perma Theory of Wellbeing – Click Here

Anchoring

So if mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way. What is Meditation? Meditation is the training of your mind and brain.

You can use an object ”your camera”, your senses, an image in your mind or even your breath as an anchor for your attention. Focus your attention on your chosen anchor, whenever you notice that your mind has wandered. Acknowledge this without judgement and bring your attention back to your anchor.

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Your first Mindfulness/Meditation Exercise. Do this exercise for as long as you are comfortable. I suggest starting with 5 minutes and increasing when you get more comfortable with practice.

1. Find a location to sit, which is quiet and calm.

2. Close your eyes or soften your gaze to a blur.

2. Observe how your body is feeling.

3. Notice thoughts in your mind.

4. Follow the sensation of your breath as you breathe in and out…in and out…in and out.

5. Focus all your attention on the present moment.

6. If your mind starts to wander, do not judge or criticise yourself, just bring your attention back to your breathe and the present moment.

Hey there, were excited to have you here

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