Mindfulness meditation Q&A

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a form of meditation that involves maintaining ourselves in a state of present moment, non-judgmental awareness.

Why is it so important?

It is important:

  • Because it contributes directly to our health and well-being
  • Enhances our ability to enjoy life and to come to terms with its many complexities
  • Enables us to stop and enjoy what we already have

A whole range of medical studies have documented the connection between mindfulness, health and healing. It activates and develops those parts of our brain associated with happiness and contentment. It directly counteracts stress and anxiety. It boosts immune system functioning and provides a whole range of other benefits.

How does mindfulness fit in with an otherwise busy lifestyle?

Working to achieve our goals is deeply fulfilling – especially when we put our most defining strengths to work. But equally important is the ability to stop and relax. The transition from business to relaxation can be a particularly difficult one to make. Mindfulness practice will equip you with the skills and know-how to do exactly this.

Mindfulness is one of the few medically researched and recognized natural antidotes to depression. So powerful is it that a whole new approach to psychotherapy has been built around the practice of mindfulness.

Isn’t mindfulness meditation just sitting there & doing nothing?

Not at all. An effective mindfulness practice requires a strong technique. The technique that I use is called Vivation. Vivation works with mind, body & spirit to harmonize the flow of energy throughout our system. Vivation is a practical, recognized technique that gives you a strong discipline to enhance and maintain your practice of mindfulness.

What is Vivation?

Vivation has been called ‘the skill of happiness’. The name ‘Vivation’ is derived from the Latin for life, vive, and means ‘the process of embracing life fully’. Vivation is a set of five key skills that cause the integration of anything – mental, emotional or physical –that comes up to disturb your enjoyment of the present moment. Vivation allows you to enter an undisturbed zone of mindfulness – blissful, present moment awareness. It is a skill that can be practiced anywhere, anytime.

What are the origins of Vivation?

The basic framework that would become Vivation was developed by Jim Leonard from a skilful blend of both eastern and western practices. This resulted in a highly effective but secular practice that can be practiced discretely. Initially Jim called the system ‘Integrative Rebirthing’ but in 1981 he re-named it ’Vivation’.

Who can facilitate & teach Vivation?

Vivation is facilitated and taught by Vivation Professionals. Vivation Professionals are people who have undertaken Vivation Professional Training. I undertook personal sessions with Jim Leonard and Vivation Professional Training with Jim in London in 2002.