Mindfulness Day 2016

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The first Sunday in May is Mindfulness Day. This year, it is 1st May! You may remember the first Mindfulness Day in 2014 when I created a facebook event and invited Australians with mental suffering. 4,700 people turned up and Mindfulness Day launched Mindful May. I wrote a blog every day in May and the event was truly amazing with hundreds of lives transformed. The event became my book Mindful Actions and thousands more lives have been turned around since. I am amazed by the feedback I receive, I especially love hearing from people coming off meds or waking up by way of their mindful practice. This year I have created another facebook event and will be sharing my story, my knowledge and my vision. Please join and be part of the mindful revolution by sharing this event. Go a step further and send me your photo to dress up. For more info, go to mindfullyMAD.org and click on Mindfulness Day.

How is your mindful practice coming along? I was asked by a magazine to write about developing a mindful practice, this is what I wrote:

Mindful practice is about silencing our minds with awareness and focusing on being fully present with what is happening. Having a mindful practice enables us to develop more awareness of our thoughts and feelings. We are able to notice and observe what is going on without getting all caught up, especially the unhelpful and negative stuff. A mindful practice also enables us to pause and create more silence and peace of mind throughout our day.

Mindfulness doesn’t stop the never-ending flow of mental chatter, nor does it stop the ebb and flow of our feelings. Sometimes we avoid practising mindfulness because we feel that something is going on deep down inside. It could be that we’re feeling anger, fear, sadness, past trauma, powerless, unmotivated or just tired. We know if we pause or stop we might have to deal with what is happening. Instead of stopping to acknowledge and feel what is coming to the surface, we distract ourselves by eating chocolate, drinking alcohol, taking drugs, focusing on our to-do list, watching TV, working too hard or many other distractions.

As we develop our mindful practice, we learn to recognise these unhelpful feelings for what they really are, just feelings. We learn that feelings aren’t facts and we make room for them or simply choose to let them go. A mindful practice helps us to connect fully with our whole being, mind, body, heart and soul. Then by deepening our practice of being present, the connection with ourselves deepens. We feel more connected to love, joy, peace, aliveness, strength and many other qualities. The flow on effect is the ability to deepen our presence with our loved ones and everyone we connect with in our daily lives.

The very essence of mindfulness is awareness in its purest form. With practice, mindful awareness becomes second nature, your home base and your refuge. With practice, your sense of awareness (or the silent observer as I like to call it) starts to abide more and more in your daily life. With practice, you will be able to readily step back and be the silent observer of your thoughts and feelings. Notice how I keep repeating ‘with practice’? Practice is the overall key to developing mindfulness and I cannot overstate it enough.

Use of the key thought ‘Be Mindful’ is a great way to trigger instant mindful awareness, no matter what is happening in any given moment. Use ‘Be Mindful’ to activate the silent observer of your thoughts and feelings without any judgement. When you activate the silent observer, you are also tuning in to your sixth sense or intuition. It is a sure way to tap into your creative genius. It is also a sure way to gain clarity of mind and a strong sense of priority. Be sure to pause and tune in at regular intervals to maintain your mindful practice.

Mindfully Yours with Love, Joy & Peace Always! – John

Mindfulness Day 2015

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Mindfulness Day is the first Sunday in May. Winter follows May in Australia which is the prime time for depression & suicide. Mindfulness is the best hope for the world to overcome mental suffering and is part of all therapies used in treating ‘mental illness’ today. Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive and present with those around you and with what you are doing.
I will be hosting a free online mindfulness session the first and last Sunday in May at 9:00am (Australian Eastern Standard Time). The sessions will include a relaxing mindfulness exercise which will clearly demonstrate what mindful awareness actually feels like. This is most often enough to get you started on your own mindful practice. I will also post snippets throughout May from Mindfulness Day 2014 which became my transformational book Mindful Actions.
Please email mindfulmad@gmail.com for a link to the session. Mindfully Yours ♥ John
More info: http://mindfullymad.org/ (mindfully Making A Difference) Our vision is world mental health without medication.

Mindful May

Mindful ActionI will be sharing different aspects of Mindfulness daily throughout May. I will also be sharing thoughts and appropriate quotes, both from myself and other Mindfulness experts. My goal is to raise awareness of the power in being mindful, especially for those who are suffering mentally. Please feel welcome to suggest a ‘Mindful Action’ based on one of the following aspects.
  • Happiness
  • Be Mindful
  • You are Not Your Thoughts!
  • Open Mind
  • Beliefs
  • Awareness
  • Practice
  • Notice with Curiosity
  • Attention
  • Judgements
  • Letting Go
  • Acceptance
  • Focus on Values
  • Commitment
  • Action
  • Listening
  • Forgiveness
  • Gratitude
  • Attitude
  • Connect
  • Dream
  • Purpose
  • Awake
  • Peace & Hope
  • Love & Kindness
  • Relationship
  • One Love

At the end of May, I will be evaluating what everyone has to share and turning that into an eBook called Mindful Actions. I am hoping the eBook will be ready by July.

4,500 have joined Mindfulness Day. Why not join and invite a friend!

Much Love, Many Thanks & Mindfully Yours – John

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Mindfulness Day 2014

In Your Mind

 

A recent article in the local newspaper.

It’s International Day of Happiness on 20th March, 2014. When you practice Mindfulness, happiness becomes an automatic choice. That is one of the reasons I have launched an awareness event on facebook called Mindfulness Day.

About Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive and present with those around you and with what you are doing. Mindfulness is the best hope for the world to overcome mental suffering and is part of all therapies used in treating ‘mental illness’ today.

About Mindfulness Day

The 1st Sunday in May is Mindfulness Day and is also the launch of ‘Mindful May‘ which ends 31st May, 2014. Following May are the 3 months of winter in Australia which is the prime time for depression & suicide. It is Free to attend this Awesome Awareness Event. Send me an e-mail  to receive my Free eStory ‘Meds to Mindfulness‘. You will be Inspired to then tell your story! Please feel welcome to our online awareness event; Mindfulness Day 4th May, 2014.

Mental Promise

This is part of my mental health promise to help people go from meds to mindfulness. Please support & help me to help others…help others! Love & Gratitude Always! – John