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How focussed mindfulness works

Posted in Pain Release on 03/03/2014

How focussed mindfulness works

The focussed mindfulness approach to peace of mind

As with all mindfulness practices focussed mindfulness brings your painful issues into your conscious mind allowing you to get a healthier perspective on them. Focussed mindfulness differs in that it can bring about deep healing of your particular issues then and there so you are not left to deal with unresolved feelings. Once this has been experienced the practice becomes an easy and reliable way to deal with the ‘’baggage’’ that blocks us from the peaceful consciousness that lies in the core of our being. This means that with regular practice it continues to support healing and can be a valuable practice for people who have suffered trauma or have chronic health conditions. And for all of us, the more we are in touch with our peaceful consciousness  the more it affects our experience of the world: we become more engaged with life, confident and open to all experiences that we encounter knowing that it cannot touch the deep sense of security we have within.

What is the philosophy of focussed mindfulness?

We each have several levels of consciousness. Most of us hang out and feel comfortable at the level of the thinking mind where we believe we can keep control of our subconscious thoughts, our emotions and of life itself. The belief in the power of the thinking mind has been increased in the West where we are taught to depend on it and believe it can solve all of life’s problems.

Nevertheless, most of us are aware that we have other levels of consciousness, or other minds and these are defined in different ways according to our model of understanding. We have an unconscious mind which actually is in charge for the vast majority of the time. This mind is a bit like a computer, it is programmed early in our lives and runs on autopilot from then on. Unfortunately, along with the beneficial programmes, such as helping us to cross a road safely, it has unhelpful ones that we unwittingly installed as well. For example, if we have a traumatic experience when we are little the subconscious tells us to fear and avoid any possibility of encountering a similar situation even though, in reality, as adults we now have the resources to cope.

We are also aware of our body mind where we feel emotional and physical pain, and dimly aware of a deeper knowing where we are experiencing a consciousness shared by the whole of humanity. Here is the understanding that we belong to our family, our community, to the place where we live and that we are connected to each other. At this level is also an understanding of the archetypes and I call this the soul mind.

Deeper still we have a peaceful consciousness that can be called our divine mind, our non-personal mind or grace and many other things. From here we get a different perspective on our lives and our thoughts. We are aware of a state of being where we are safe, feel loved, at peace, in trust and joyful.  It is not possible to get a full understanding of this state through words or through intellectual analysis, it must be experienced and once it has been experienced we become aware that our thinking mind no longer has the same power over us: we recognise that we have a choice to live either ruled by the fear of our thinking mind or resting in an infinite pool of love.

Focussed mindfulness is a fast track to this state. When we first experience the techniques our thinking minds tend to resist. We are fearful as we tend to believe that if we relinquish control we will be overwhelmed by our emotions and our subconscious tells us we will be in mortal danger. We each have our own twist on this and it is only once we have been guided to an experience of peaceful consciousness that these fears begin to dissolve. Once we have surrendered our control and find that we not only survive but have a profound experience of bliss we begin to trust the techniques. Once we do trust, because each time we seek this peaceful consciousness we find that it is still there, we can practice remaining open to it for more and more of the time.

How is Focused mindfulness therapeutic?

A mindfulness practice has a powerfully therapeutic element: it is recognised by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence as a beneficial intervention for depression and chronic pain. Focussed mindfulness is perhaps the most powerful way of placing negative and fearful thoughts into a healthier context and allowing us to see firstly that the thoughts are not necessarily true and secondly that we do not have to be ruled by them. Having negative and fearful thoughts is a habit and like other habits it takes a while to break the pattern of behaviour. Daily practice of Focussed mindfulness can help us to stay in touch with the enduring peaceful consciousness that lies at the heart of ourselves whatever life, and our minds, throw at us.