Nobbys Wellness Walk, Newcastle, MindBodyCalm

Nobbys Wellness Walk is a mindfulness experience based on walking outside in nature.  Mindfulness is a practice based on working with the present moment - in particular being able to fully appreciate the present without thoughts of the past or future.


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Definition of Mindfulness

Mindfulness itself is a term that has been evolving and changing over the years, as this NY TIMES article explains.

“Mindfulness” may be that hefty word now, one that can’t readily be dismissed as trivia or propaganda. Yes, it’s current among jaw-grinding Fortune 500 executives who take sleeping pills and have “leadership coaches,” as well as with the moneyed earnest, who shop at Whole Foods, where Mindful magazine is on the newsstand alongside glossies about woodworking and the environment. 

It looks like nothing more than the noun form of “mindful” — the proper attitude toward the London subway’s gaps — but “mindfulness” has more exotic origins. In the late 19th century, the heyday of both the British Empire and Victorian Orientalism, a British magistrate in Galle, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), with the formidable name of Thomas William Rhys Davids, found himself charged with adjudicating Buddhist ecclesiastical disputes. 

He set out to learn Pali, a Middle Indo-Aryan tongue and the liturgical language of Theravada, an early branch of Buddhism. In 1881, he thus pulled out “mindfulness” — a synonym for “attention” from 1530 — as an approximate translation of the Buddhist concept of sati.


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Reach-out.com shared their own take on mindfulness, which although different to the above suggestion, still touches on similar principles.

Mindfulness is about training yourself to pay attention in a specific way. When a person is mindful, they:

Focus on the present moment
Try not to think about anything that went on in the past or that might be coming up in future
Purposefully concentrate on what’s happening around them
Try not to be judgemental about anything they notice, or label things as ‘good’ or ‘bad’
We spend so much time thinking over stuff that has happened in the past, or worrying about things that may happen in the future, that often we actually forget to appreciate or enjoy the moment. Mindfulness is a way of bringing us back to experience life as it happens. When you’re mindful, it:

Helps clear your head
Helps you be more aware of yourself, your body and the environment
Helps to slow down your thoughts
Slows down your nervous system
Helps you to concentrate
Helps you relax
Can help you cope with stress


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1 comment:

  1. Mind Body Calm delivers applied mindfulness in a real world setting – no more just sitting idly with your eyes closed. Participants are encouraged to live and breathe and walk mindfulness – in fact the core compenent of the revolutionary program is the Wellness Walks concept – of walking in mindfulness in an outdoor environment, complete with natural distractions, and sensory inputs like the wind, birds, and different walking surfaces.

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