Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to Root 2 Mindfulness – An English Mindfulness Partnership Programme
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.
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 Beginners 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 the Mindfulness Vault with other exercises, games, tasks and information through blogs, articles and videos.
How much time do I need each week to practise?
Setting aside 10/12 minutes each day for the regular mindfulness meditation practice is what we recommend.
How qualified are the Mindfulness Works teachers?
All the Root 2 Mindfulness Coaches, have studied there way through Mindfulness 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 maintain on keeping it real, practical and highlighting your own ability to teach yourself and your family.
Why do you charge for your courses?
Our Mindfulness model is unique in terms of you educate continuously for as long as you like, with material and content continually being added and adapted, with new research being given to you, and all within the comfort of your own home, or wherever you decide to take your laptop. Root 2 Mindfulness want to make Mindfulness your lifestyle, so that’s how we’ve created this programme, to fit into your daily lives and to also enhance your creativity and natural responses within family time and my time. This guided, well-structured model, will consistently provide you with results, with fun and with real solutions to daily problems and inner workings. Its a totally different and personal model that’s been designed to suit your life at home, no external courses needed and mastered with or without personal help.
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?
To be notified when future courses are ready for registration, please enter your email address at the bottom of this page (right down the bottom in the footer of this website).
Can I get a refund if I don't feel I received value from the course?
There are no refunds. However, you can cancel anytime.
What happens when I cancel my membership?
If your account is active and have an automatically recurring subscription – The subscription will only become inactive once all future billings have ended or been cancelled AND the last transaction associated with the subscription has expired.
One-time payment type subscriptions will NOT have a cancel option because there is no future billing to avoid Clicking this will cancel any future billings for the subscription. Important note: cancelling does NOT equal an inactive subscription.
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How To Use The Website Once Logged In
Please follow these simple steps to begin your Mindfulness journey.
We’ve listed the main FAQ’s members have asked regarding moving around the website. If you need any more help please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in contact as soon as possible to help.
To Log In simply click the login button at the very top right-hand corner of the page, If you see only Log Out, This means you are already Logged In. Have Fun!
Where do I access the modules?
To access the modules hover over members area on the menu to activate the drop-down menu to see all modules.
– Quick Access To Modules Page – Is a page where you can visibly see all the Modules and lessons clearly to simply click on the module you wish to start.
Why is some of the modules password protected?
The reason for this is each lesson should take up to a 1 week to complete. So, what will happen is that once 1 month has gone by you’ll receive a congratulation email for completing the module and also a PASSWORD to unlock your next module. So stay tuned to your emails for the passwords.
Where do I upgrade my account?
If you are wanting to upgrade your account and move to annually payments then, please head over to your Account page and click Subscriptions and then on the right hand side click Change Plan.
Where is The Mindfulness Video Vault?
The Mindfulness Video Vault is Located in the Members Area drop down menu at the bottom at the top of every page.
Which Module do I Start First?
We have placed 4 Most Significant Elements To Being Mindful Module for kids 3+ as the start. As we recommend everyone to begin understanding the basics of mindfulness with these activities. However, if you just want to start with Module 1 you can go straight ahead.
We have unlocked the kids modules and Module 1 – Taking the first steps to start your journey with a variety of lessons and modules to start with.
Can we download the PDF files?
You can download these files, just simply click the download icon at the to of the page and they will be downloaded straight to your device. Or you can draw the template yourself on a piece of paper or inside your jounal.
The files will download as a PDF file so can be download by any device i.e. Phone, Windows, Apple Mac or Tablets.