Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to Root 2 Mindfulness – An English Mindfulness Program
Root 2 Mindfulness provides public mindfulness introductory courses for Individuals and Families. Root 2 Mindfulness covers mindfulness training in many areas of living.
Most people have questions about Mindfulness, Meditation and Root 2 Mindfulness courses. Here is a rundown of the most frequent questions. If you don’t find the information you are looking for here, please contact us at : firstname.lastname@example.org
What is Mindfulness?
Thich Nhat Hanh states, “I define Mindfulness as the Practice of being fully present and alive, body and mind united. Mindfulness is the energy that helps us to know what is going on in the present moment.” An online article from the website, Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life, defines Mindfulness in the following way:
“Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and the surrounding environment.
Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice Mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we are sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.”
Website: Maria Droste – where this information is Referenced.
This quote from Thich Nhat Hanh and definition from ‘Greater Good’ website includes, for us, the most authentic interpretation of Mindfulness we can find.
It is easy to get confused and mislead by mindfulness meanings and ways of being. What is significant in being mindful is the constant return to the present moment, we all lose sight of the momentary pleasures as we get trapped by overthinking and being stuck in past events or future predictions. This is something that our brains are built to do and that unfortunately causes us continuous pain, through stress, anxiety and fear of living our life to the fullest. If you are in a quiet moment to yourself and find your mind is being flooded with thoughts, then the most significant thing you can do is notice your thoughts running wild and make the conscious energy to return our mind to the present moment your experiencing, to our breath and senses.
Mindfulness is, in short, the self-regulation of observation with an approach of wonder, openness, and acceptance.
What is meant by “self-regulation” is to refer to how you can take the direction of your attention and can improve your focus. It’s easy for us to switch from a computer screen to watching the body language of your child as they speak, or dig up memories from past or see a future goal taking place, or to your breath.
For the second part of the definition, that’s the focusing on being open to whatever it is were placing our attention on, on being interested o what we can learn and discover. If that is pleasant or unpleasant or whatever way it feels to you, then you can see how your openness, wonder and acceptance is extended.
How do you learn Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is learned through continuous Practice only. Once you start doing the work on yourself, you will begin to see the results bit by bit. Remember there’s a lot of mental baggage that we carry around with us, and we need to sort through this and work at it from its source, accepting yourself for who you are and bringing yourself forward to change the old patterns and create a new open connection to yourself, others and the world.
You can hear how Mindfulness works or doesn’t work, but the only way you will know is trying it out for yourself. In this generation of life, we want things to happen so quickly if our phones crash or the internet takes more than 3 seconds to load we tend to get angry and complain. This generates such stress within our body when its completely unnecessary, what Mindfulness will do is break down those patterns of anger in whatever situation and replace it with patience and understanding. Relieving your body from the harmful chemicals like cortisol from entering and causing chaos.
The practices include:
Formal Practice: sitting and being Mindful without any distractions, every day if possible.
Informal Practice: Using what you have learnt from your regular Practice of being present and then applying this focus to your everyday life, always within the moment. Just like riding a bike once you have the skill, it becomes natural to you.
What are the benefits of Mindfulness?
Mindfulness has been proven to:
Decrease stress and anxiety- putting your mind at ease also means putting your body at ease, all tightness will release and you can notice how you respond differently.
Decrease depression- All that toxic constant negative feeling of depression that builds up will be decreased and broken up so its easier to manage.
Enhance your feeling of well-being- A lighter you away from stress and worry brings the sunshine out of the clouds. You will gain a brighter sense of enrichment.
Increase self-acceptance- Loving and knowing and caring for yourself is so important, it’s vital! And Mindfulness teaches you how to do these things.
Improve sleeping patterns- who doesn’t want a night of better sleep? Let all your stresses be taken away and get yourself set up on a comfy, fluffy cloud of peace.
Improves the immune system – boosting your immune system reduces your chances of many diseases firing up in your body. A healthy body means your immune system is working well.
How does Mindfulness work?
Mindfulness serves on many levels.
Physically: The formal part of Mindfulness induces the relaxation response – your breathing slows down, your blood pressure drops and a calming, relaxation feeling overflows you.
Brain science Viewpoint – Reduces the reactivity of the Amygdala, which is the fight or flight part of the brain. – you will become less reactive to situations and feel less stressed about things, and in particular, any triggers that usually set you off with problematic feelings will be not so problematical.
A psychological point of view- Imagine feeling totally great about everything, all that happens all the hardship – a broader understanding of yourself psychologically, experiencing a natural and real sense of you. This feeling of being totally great increases your self-acceptance, which therefore allows you to stop trying to fix who you are from the external world and be happy in your own internal hub.
What does Mindfulness feel like?
It depends on your experience at the time. Mindfulness isn’t one particular state or experience, but rather a deepening into the feeling of the knowledge you are having right at this moment – which could be pleasant or unpleasant. Mindfulness is not designed to change our experiences as much as changing our relationship to our knowledge, so it is not so stressful and problematical. One thing is for sure, though, you can only experience what Mindfulness is like by actually doing it.
What is the difference between Mindfulness and meditation?
There’s no difference between them both. The way Mindfulness works define Mindfulness and meditation as merely being present or being conscious on a moment-to-moment basis. We use both terms mutually.
Can you learn Mindfulness or meditation without formal/ regular Practice?
There could be some, but usually, the answer is no. We all need dedicated time to increase ourselves for the better whether that be through exercise, dieting, learning a new skill etc. Mindfulness isn’t a one-off thing that you learn and stop, its a lifetime practice of improving your mental and emotional fitness, a practice which will enrich your life like no other!
Aren't mindfulness and meditation Buddhist religious practices?
Buddhist traditions have used mindfulness and meditation practices for over 2,500 years. Root 2 Mindfulness, like many modern forms of Mindfulness and meditation such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) present, or Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MBCT) teach and practise Mindfulness in a 100% worldly and is a non-religious method, with no religious terms, Belief system, philosophy or ritual. All Mindfulness relies on is performing the Practice, daily and continuously. Just like Yoga its free from religious beliefs.
About the Root 2 Mindfulness Family Course - Who is this course suitable for?
This course is suitable for:
Parents and their Children ( Families)
Children of any age
Any Individual from any background
People who have never meditated or practised Mindfulness before
People who have just started meditating or practising Mindfulness.
How long is each lesson?
You receive 1 lesson a week – including exercises, games, tasks and information through blogs, articles and videos.
How much time do I need each week to practise?
There’s a short daily meditation which can take around 10 to 15 Minutes. The lessons are structured to immerse you in the teachings so you can make it a part of your life, this will give you the best long term results.
How qualified are the Mindfulness Works teachers?
All the Root 2 Mindfulness Coaches, have studied their way through Mindfulness and Spiritual courses, as well as delved deep into Mindfulness through their own personal explorations and experiences. With an education in many psychological areas over many years, our Coaches focus on keeping it real, practical and highlighting your own ability to teach yourself and your family.
How do I get the most from the course?
You will get most from each module by being open and honest throughout. We give you a week for each lesson to provide you with the best results, within that week you can practice that lesson as many times as you can. It requires commitment, Practice and time to work on you and your family.
Attending every lesson given to you online
Practising for at least 10/ 12 minutes every day, with the guided meditations that have been provided to you and more private meditation therapies are available to you in the programme.
It’s best to read the Ebook that given FREE to you if you’re a Root 2 Mindfulness member.
and completing the assignments in the book.
How do I find out when future courses will be offered?
Future courses will be published on the website, if you have previously done one of our courses, we will offer you discount early access via email. You can also find out about our courses on our Social Media platforms: Facebook page, Instagram and Youtube.