MULTI-MINDFULNESS: AN IN­NER BAL­ANCE

Great Health Guide - - CONTENTS - Dr Suzanne Hen­wood & Grant Soos­alu

In­te­grat­ing mBrain­ing and mindfulness into multi-mindfulness.

Mindfulness is in­cred­i­bly pop­u­lar th­ese days, whether it is in ed­u­ca­tion, in work, to re­duce stress, find calm­ness, en­hance learn­ing or im­prove per­for­mance. The re­search is grow­ing to show how ef­fec­tive mindfulness can be, to help you man­age your life on a day to day ba­sis.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is in­cred­i­bly sim­ple and gen­tle. It is not re­ally a tech­nique, more a way of be­ing that you cul­ti­vate and learn. Mindfulness is all about be­ing fully aware, here and now – not to change any­thing or to judge – just to no­tice in the mo­ment. And it takes prac­tice.

What is mBrain­ing?

mBrain­ing is a new field of hu­man de­vel­op­ment and un­der­stand­ing de­vel­oped by Grant Soos­alu and Marvin Oka. They have de­vel­oped a set of tech­niques, called

‘mul­ti­ple Brain In­te­gra­tion Tech­niques’ (mBIT), which puts this new knowl­edge and the­ory of mBrain­ing into prac­tice, us­ing your mul­ti­ple brains – head, heart and gut.

Is mindfulness miss­ing its full po­ten­tial?

As a Mas­ter Trainer and Mas­ter Coach of mBrain­ing (us­ing your mul­ti­ple brains – head, heart and gut), as well as be­ing a Mindfulness fa­cil­i­ta­tor, I (Suzanne) was cu­ri­ous if both fields could be in­te­grated into Multi-Mindfulness prac­tices to en­hance aware­ness even fur­ther. I was cu­ri­ous to dis­cover the way Western mindfulness has brought us to a ‘head based’ mindfulness and that it might be miss­ing its full po­ten­tial. So, I ap­proached the co-de­vel­oper of mBrain­ing, Grant Soos­alu to co-write this ar­ti­cle to give another per­spec­tive.

In­te­grat­ing mBrain­ing and Mindfulness into Multi-Mindfulness.

So, what would multi-mindfulness look like and feel like? How can we bring greater aware­ness to our heart and gut, as well as to our think­ing? What would life be like if we had calm­ness and pres­ence at all lev­els of in­tel­li­gence?

Mindfulness is all about be­ing fully here and now, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing and at­tend­ing to all that is in this pre­cious mo­ment, notic­ing with­out judg­ing it, right or wrong, just ex­pe­ri­enc­ing, ac­cept­ing and ap­pre­ci­at­ing all that is. It’s about sys­tem­atic ap­pre­ci­a­tion and un­der­stand­ing. It comes from an in­ten­tion to be fully awake, fully present in your body with a deep sense of in­te­ro­cep­tive aware­ness (a mea­sure of body aware­ness and the in­ter­nal state of the body, for ex­am­ple a per­sons’ aware­ness of their heart­beat).

So, what is Multi-Mindfulness and how we can cre­ate a daily prac­tice? 1. Get­ting started.

Be­com­ing aware of your breath­ing is a great way to start a mindfulness prac­tice. A multi-mindfulness prac­tice is no dif­fer­ent. Sit­ting in a com­fort­able po­si­tion, put your at­ten­tion on your breath­ing. Not with the in­ten­tion of chang­ing it, but just notic­ing and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing it more fully. Notic­ing the speed, the depth, the rhythm.

Spend two min­utes just notic­ing your breath­ing.

2. Mov­ing at­ten­tion to the heart.

Now move your at­ten­tion to the area around your heart. You can even place the flat of the palm of your right hand over your heart area, so you can phys­i­cally feel your heart-beat with your hand. Just no­tice what you can feel and what you can sense from the heart.

Again, the in­ten­tion is not to change any­thing here – but just to lis­ten and feel deeply to be aware of the in­tel­li­gence that is your heart – to be­come con­scious of this beau­ti­ful area of your be­ing.

Spend two min­utes lis­ten­ing and feel­ing deeply into your heart, be­ing con­scious in your heart.

3. Mov­ing at­ten­tion to the gut.

Now move your at­ten­tion to your ab­dom­i­nal cav­ity. Again, spend two min­utes pay­ing at­ten­tion here. Place your at­ten­tion deep down into the soft­est part of your belly and just no­tice what you no­tice.

Main­tain an in­ten­tion of cu­rios­ity, gen­tle­ness and calm­ness, an open­ness that is ac­cept­ing of what­ever you no­tice, feel free to just no­tice what­ever you no­tice.

Th­ese three ac­tions are the ba­sics of Multi-Mindfulness.

It is as sim­ple as that and a start­ing point for tak­ing back con­trol. To bring you back to a quiet still­ness, an equi­lib­rium, an in­ner bal­ance and an aware­ness from which you can be even more deeply con­scious and al­low wiser choices to emerge to bring equi­lib­rium to your life as you re-en­ter daily re­al­ity.

Do get in touch and let us to know what dif­fer­ences you have dis­cov­ered us­ing Multi-Mindfulness.

Dr Suzanne Hen­wood is the Direc­tor and Lead Coach and Trainer of mBrain­ing4Suc­cess. Grant Soos­alu is a co-de­vel­oper of mBrain­ing. Suzanne is also the CEO of The Healthy Work­place and a Mas­ter Trainer and Mas­ter Coach of mBIT (Mul­ti­ple Brain In­te­gra­tion Tech­niques) and can be con­tacted via her web­site.

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