Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Minding Your Mood; Meditation Is Going Mainstream

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Minding Your Mood; Meditation Is Going Mainstream

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Byline: Cherie Curtis

DILYS Griffiths believes there is an emptiness that people try to often fill with consumerism, but only a mind-body connection will give them lasting happiness.

"We don't sit and become quiet enough to listen to ourselves, to communicate with ourselves," Mrs Griffiths said.

"Life is very busy and it's easy to get tied up in doing things all the time, but that "doing" often stops us addressing the things in our life that are really bothering us."

Mrs Griffiths is one of many participants who will be fronting up to a new mindfulness workshop, entitled 16 Guidelines for a Happy Life, to be held in Childers at the Bodhi Tree on Huxley, starting in February.

Course facilitator Meredith Murray said Mindfulness Meditation was an increasingly popular practice for alleviating stress, depression, anxiety and pain.

She draws on the work of scientist Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues to explain that, for good emotional health, people need to shift their experience of reality from the "doing" mode to the "being" mode.

"Cultivating mindfulness or awareness is integral to the process," Dr Murray said.

"Practising helps prevent the normal unhappiness we all experience from spiralling down into depression.

"It does this by increasing our mental flexibility so that we can disengage from negative patterns of mental activity and let go of past regrets and worries about the future."

Clinical psychologist Elizabeth Foley has worked with more than 200 cancer patients at mindfulness clinics at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital during the past two years.

"Because treatments are improving, 90% of the time people are living with cancer," Dr Foley said.

"Mindfulness helps people live with cancer, lets it be part of their lives without taking over their lives.

"It's about quality of life, coping with the illness and having a really rich, wonderful life in spite of the diagnosis. …

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