Mindfulness book loaned by the NHS

The book is called Mindfulness for Health and is available through Amazon here
It has been loaned to me for the next few weeks whilst I complete the mindfulness course through the NHS.  All you need to do is ask your doctor for a referral and fingers crossed this will be available in your area, for free!

I was reading the first chapter and knew this to be true which is why I signed up to the course. Many research papers have been written about the ancient art of mindfulness and the proven reduction in the intensity of pain messages in the brain.  I know the medical community have shown imaging studies and the changes in brain pain patterns over time with the utilisation of mindfulness meditation.  For some pain disappears for others the pain reduces yo a manageable level.  Do manageable that we never notice it, well it certainly doesn’t stop us from enjoying our lives!

I know some of you may think this is crazy but if we think about it logically, what controls pain? The mind, signals through the nervous system and the mind, relaying messages back and forth.  So if we can train the mind, like we do our bodies in the gym to make them stronger, why can’t we train the brain.

Well we can, hypnotherapy has been used for years for making improvements in our lives.  Mindfulness is nothing new but what’s exciting about it is the fact the medical community are taking it seriously at last.

Once I have finished the course I will combine my hypnotherapy skills with what I have learnt through mindfulness and create a free recording for us Fibromyalgia sufferers to use and attach it to my soundcloud page so we can all enjoy it together.  I will write it in such a way that everyone will benefit as your mind will tailor the words to your personal situation ūüĎĆ

You can read more about the book here 

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Headspace is a fantastic app

I have been using this app now for 18 days, please see the site here. It is a fantastic app and I would highly recommend it to everyone, regardless of your health.  I am a big daydreamer and unfortunately due to the nature of my health I tend to twist my daydreaming round to negative thoughts.  Or I daydream off to try to resist pain.  Headspace uses mindfulness meditation to not distract from or resist our pain but completely the opposite.


The company formed by the 2 gentlemen above, more info click here is used you top athletes and Wall Street stars.  Mindfulness meditation is nothing new but it’s only been recent times that more people are realising that the mind is more powerful than the body, after all your mind controls your body, good and bad times.  Your brain controls how we feel pain, which comes from signals from the nervous system.  Fir be if I look after my mind I’m looking after my body. 

I qualified as a hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner about 3 years ago now, read about NLP here so I was well aware of how powerful the kind could be.  I helped people stop smoking and even lose 3/4 stone in weight, amongst many more bad habits.  But when I got ill with my back I stepped away.

Never again will I neglect my mental health, because if I get that right the physical health will fall into place.  

Can Fibromyalgia be cured with the mind?  Who knows!!  But I believe it can be controlled by it and more importantly I can live with Fibro quite comfortably.  No I am not quite there yet but when I do get there I will help you too