Welcome to Heartmind and the whole being approach to mindfulness. The term mindfulness has become quite popular as a practice in society today for restoring good mental health and well being, based upon extensive academic research into the brain over the past 30 years. While it is wonderful that many people and society as a whole are benefiting from this popularism in secular mindfulness, the restricted focus of mindfulness just being associated with brain function is a purely western concept that arises out of a misunderstanding in the roots of mindfulness, which can be found within spiritual practice for thousands of years relating to not just the function of the brain, but also the function of the heart. In Eastern cultures the mind itself is seen as originating from and having fundamental relationships associated with the heart. Recent scientific research into the heart and the brain has found supporting evidence for this direct relationship between the two organs in the functioning of the mind, and how they are fundamentally interconnected, work together in creating how we feel and the thoughts we have. As such, our mental well-being is dependent upon a compassionate coherence between the heart and brain, and our ability to maintain an awareness of this coherence in the energetic field of the heartmind. This is the approach to mindfulness we teach here at Heartmind.
Mindfulness meditation, or more specifically heart-based mindfulness practice, helps build this coherence and is the art of paying attention, non-judgmentally, to whatever arises in the present moment. When we are mindful we experience directly whatever presents itself in our experience, no longer resisting the flow of life. We can bring mindfulness to anything we experience – breathing, eating, thinking, feeling, walking; even physical pain.
Mindfulness is a skill that anyone can learn, offering scientifically proven benefits such as deep relaxation, less stress, better sleep, more fulfilling relationships and a greater sense of aliveness. To learn mindfulness it is not necessary to take on any new beliefs, adopt a new world view or accept a new philosophy or religion. Mindfulness can be integrated into your daily life exactly as it is. You need not have any background in yoga, meditation or any other spiritual or contemplative practice; in mindfulness, everyone starts right where they are.
Our mindfulness training sessions, groups, events and retreats focus on developing a whole being awareness that supports the five steps to well-being promoted by the NHS. Mindfulness is also supported by the National Institute for Clinical and Health Excellence (NICE) and the Mental Health Foundation, where we are registered mindfulness providers on their ‘Be Mindful’ website. Heartmind was also honoured to be awarded a Chesterfield Borough Council Mayor’s Community Award 2013/14 for services benefiting the community through our delivery of mindfulness training as a not-for-profit social enterprise.