Living Life with Mindfulness
Louise is a true inspiration to any woman in the corporate world. After having climbed the ladder very successfully and holding key positions within UBS, Dresner she left the city in 2001 to set up her own consultancy practice offering financial and strategic advice incorporating mindfulness. Today she has an award winning holistic retreat called Witherdens Hall and is the Co-founder of Mindfulness at Work.
During the show Louise reminded us that mindfulness is about awareness. Allowing yourself to become more aware of what you are thinking and doing, what is going in your mind and body. Giving yourself permission to just be with your experience and avoid being on auto-pilot.
“Don’t believe everything you think. Thoughts are just that – thoughts.”
It can help us respond to life’s pressures and stress in a calmer manner that benefits our mind, body and spirit. It helps us recognise and step away from our usual, often unconscious emotional and physiological reactions to everyday events.
Mindfulness practice now has an abundance of neuroscience research to support that it helps our brains be more integrated, so your everyday activities, thoughts, attitudes and perceptions are much more balanced. Practicing mindfulness gives us more clarity, insight and understanding and allows us to be fully present in our life and work, and improve our quality of life.
“Life is a preparation for the future; and the best preparation for the future is to live as if there were none.”
Her quick Tips on being mindful are:
- Make it a daily practice
- Practise listening without making judgements
- Spend time in nature
- Take some time to simply be
- Tune into your senses
- Doing less, less becomes more
- Focus on the present – stop worrying
- Be present when talking to someone
- Eat slowly and savour the food
- Accept people and life as they are
- Let go of expectations
- Be compassionate
Leaving you with this beautiful quote from Thich Nhat Hanh…..
“I promise myself that I will enjoy every minute of the day that is given me to live .”
Please listen in to the full show and hear how Louise has created a joyful life. Feel free to connect with the wonderful Louise Cox Chester on the links below and don’t forget to check out her free mindfulness practice from the website.