Mindful Living Program

AHC team invites you to experience true inner well-being, where you transcend your accumulated knowledge base & feel the true energy within your body & mind.

About Mindfulness Living

Living in our modern times, we spend so much of our wakeful moments working like mechanical machines and do not get time to focus on who we truly are, we are easily distracted by so many factors in society and are unable to focus on what we really need to or want to.

Frantic rush around us in daily life causes tiredness and restlessness which later lead to focus and concentration problems and a loss of control on emotions. When you don’t slow down and find peace of mind, unconsciously, you start to struggle with recurring patterns of stressful thought processes that get you stuck in your mind’s conditioning.

As the AfroWellness team, we are aware that every individual feels pressured about being successful and dealing with the requirements of the modern world. We have created Mindful Living program to guide and empower you to cope with modern life and transform the stress which disturbs our physical and mental well-being, into happiness. For A Better Quality Of Life, Heal Your Body & Mind Together.

Our approach in mindfulness living program comes with a set of graduated lectures, activities, workshops along with yoga, meditation and physical and mental detoxification programs. This way, our guests can restore their physical, mental, spiritual presence as well as adopt a different perspective and standpoint to themselves and life itself.

What is Mindful Living?

Mindful living is a deep philosophy and a great way to cultivate the moment to moment flow of energy within your body & mind, this emphasizes the importance of being in the present moment all the time. It is a state of being aware of yourself and your surroundings without thinking about the past or worrying about the future.

Mindfulness makes up the base for any successful mental health project that we lead. We keep it simple at AfroWellness mindful living programs, your present moment is your everlasting eternity. The key to mindfulness is to understand and try to apply mindful attitudes to our daily lives.

Here are 10 essentials to get started with Mindfulness:

Guide to Meditation;

  • Meditation is commonly described as a training of mental attention that awakens us beyond the conditioned mind and habitual thinking, and reveals the nature of reality.
  • In this guide, the process and the fruit of meditation practice is understood as Natural Presence. Presence is a mindful, clear recognition of what is happening—here, now—and the open, allowing space that includes all experience.
  • There are many supportive strategies (called “skillful means”) that create a conducive atmosphere for the deepening of presence. The art of practice is employing these strategies with curiosity, kindness and a light touch. The wisdom of practice is remembering that Natural Presence is always and already here. It is the loving awareness that is our essence.
  • Attitude is everything. While there are many meditative strategies, what makes the difference in terms of spiritual awakening is your quality of earnestness, or sincerity. Rather than adding another “should” to your list, choose to practice because you care about connecting with your innate capacity for love, clarity and inner peace. Let this sincerity be the atmosphere that nurtures whatever form your practice takes.
  • A primary aspect of attitude is unconditional friendliness toward the whole meditative process. When we are friendly towards another person, there is a quality of acceptance. Yet we often enter meditation with some idea of the kind of inner experience we should be having and judgment about not “doing it right.” Truly- there is no “right” meditation and striving to get it right reinforces the sense of an imperfect, striving self. Rather, give permission for the meditation experience to be whatever it is. Trust that if you are sincere in your intention toward being awake and openhearted, that in time your practice will carry you home to a sense of wholeness self liberation and freedom.
  • Meditation is not new but we are beginning to use new scientific techniques like functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI for short) to help us peer deep into the brain while it is meditating, and what we are seeing is actually pretty amazing.
  • The mind treats thoughts and concepts that it visualizes as real. As a result, attaining a state of inner calmness through a little concentration and some controlled breathing affects the immune system and the genes that have an impact on both the quality of life we can enjoy and how long we actually live.
  • The reason the brain can achieve such incredible improvements in attention, productivity, memory and overall performance lies in the way information flows through it. The neurons of the brain are constantly firing, apparently, but a lot of that firing is random noise. By sending a signal inside our heads that has to go from “A” to “B” we are also creating a lot of useless, random noise.
  • We only ever perceive something, learn a new thing, remember an event or perform some action when there is information flowing through the brain’s connections that we can actually act upon. Meditation optimizes the way the brain handles information making it generally more efficient and it even contributes to an increase in gray matter in the frontal lobes where all the higher brain functions take place.
  • The best way to view meditation then is as a form of exercise for the brain, enabling it to improve significantly on its everyday performance, much like physical exercise optimizes and improves the way the body works.
  • Two Ways to Meditate Contrary to popular belief you do not need be sitting in the lotus position under a tree in order to meditate. You could sit in your favorite sofa or armchair, or anywhere you consider comfortable. Nor do you need to spend hours and hours. As a matter of fact it is almost certain that in the beginning you will be hard pushed to meditate for even 10 minutes.
  • Provided you’re ready to try your hand at it you now need to know how. There are two basic meditation techniques. One requires you to focus on nothing (which is really hard to do), emptying your mind of all distractions and allowing your thoughts to unfold, unbidden. It is popularly known as the no-mind technique. The other asks you to focus on a particular thought to the exclusion of all others. This is also known as mindful meditation or focused attention.
  • Both forms of meditation will require you to focus on your breathing. By becoming aware of how your lungs work and how each breath enters your body, the rhythm of it and the sensation it produces you begin to see a process of thinking that you can control. but that is just the mental scaffolding required in order to build the much more focused mental practice of thinking of nothing (if you choose to use the empty-mind form of meditation) or thinking of something.

    1. Here are important preparations to start with;

    1. Wear comfortable clothing.
    2. Sit somewhere where it is quiet.
    3. Sit somewhere you are comfortable.
    4. Make sure the environment is neither too cold nor too hot.
    5. Give yourself a timer. (stopwatch, phone app or alarm clock)
    6. Don’t be overly anxious about the time; The timer is just an aid to help you not worry about the amount of time that’s elapsed, in the early stages. It also creates clear start and end boundaries for your meditation. Initially set it for ten or fifteen minutes.
  • Once you have done all that, you can begin. The first question those who are new to meditation ask is should their eyes be open or closed. It really doesn’t matter but for beginners it is always easier if they are closed because it makes it easier to focus. Experienced meditators can switch their mental state between meditating and being normally engaged in everyday life even with their eyes open.
  • Now, start breathing evenly. Take deep breaths through the nose and then slowly let them out through the mouth. Do not rush. Let your body flow into an easy rhythm of breathing in and out without forcing it to. If you’ve decided to try the no-mind technique the next step is probably the hardest: close your eyes and empty your mind.
  • The moment someone tells you to clear your mind it becomes almost impossible to obey. Thoughts rush unbidden in their dozens and hundreds, sometimes, through the mind. The trick here is not to resist. Let the thoughts flow and discard them. Focus instead on your breathing. Without pushing your mind, let it hold your breathing in and out at its very center. As thoughts come then they will usually also go, until all you have inside your head is a sensation of darkness and peace. This is the no-mind stage. You are lightly aware of everything but because nothing in particular holds your attention beyond your breathing you are also aware of nothing.
  • If you decided to try focused attention as your meditating state your task, in the beginning at least, will be easier. Mindful meditation asks you to focus on a particular thought or idea. It could be “world peace” for instance. Or the thought that “the color blue is so calming”, or your favorite mantra (if you have one). If you don’t have a mantra but would like to use one choose a pithy phrase like “Float in darkness” or “Peace and harmony”. You hold that in your mind and say it again and again, keeping time with your breathing.
  • The brain is a wild, undisciplined instrument and it will try to distract you. It is important to acknowledge the thoughts that come up and then discard them, returning to the thought you are focusing on, to the exclusion of all else.
  • It really doesn’t matter which form of meditation you choose. Either is perfectly fine. Here’s a list of some of the results you can expect:
    • Improved memory.
    • A sense of peace.
    • A sense of quiet energy, like your brain has rebooted.
    • Improved productivity and the ability to prioritize things.
    • An improved sense of alertness An overall sense of wellbeing that will also positively affect your health.
    • Reduced stress levels.
  • When we are so focused on fitness for the body it is only right that we can bring the same level of fitness focus on the mind.

    1. Natural Presence;

  • Presence has two interdependent qualities of recognizing, or noticing what is happening, and allowing whatever is experienced without any judgment, resistance or grasping. Presence is our deepest nature, and the essence of meditation is to realize and inhabit this whole and lucid awareness.
  • We practice meditation by receiving all the domains of experience with a mindful, open attention. These domains include breath and sensations; feelings (pleasant, unpleasant and neutral); sense perceptions, thoughts and emotions; and awareness itself.
  • In the essential practice of meditation there is no attempt to manipulate or control experience. Natural Presence simply recognizes what is arising (thoughts, feelings, sounds, emotions) and allows life to unfold, just as it is. As long as there is a sense of a self making an effort and doing a practice, there is identification with a separate and limited self. The open receptivity of Natural Presence dissolves this sense of a self “doing” the meditation.
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  • The contents of this website, blogs, and the newsletter are gleaned from our experiences and observations as natural healers or natural therapist practitioners, they’re meant only for educational purposes and not intended to replace medical advice, consultations, or treatment of any kind.
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