Bell of Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a perspective or ‘lens’ to view our thoughts, feelings and emotions and is a life mindfulnessskill to change thinking patterns that create problems. It’s like a ‘shock absorber’ for the mind. Mindfulness is about self-awareness, connection with ourselves and appreciating the fullness of each moment of life. Kabat-Zinn calls it, “The art of conscious living.”  It is a profound way to enhance psychological and emotional well-being and increase life satisfaction.

The space in-between our thoughts, feelings, and identities is the domain of mindfulness. It is the tool to generate other perspectives or another ‘lens’ to view what is occurring in our life that is keeping us stuck. When you are mindful, you watch what the mind says about this and thinks about that… you react less and respond more. You become like a mind watcher to all the comings and goings of the mind. You change what can be changed and accept, hold and love what can’t be changed.

My husband taught me a great technique that he learnt from Tich Nat Hahn – the Bell of Mindfulness. It only takes a minute or two.

Try this …

We don’t have an actual bell, although often in a moment of stress, hurry or urgency one of us will stop and stay ‘ding.’ This has helped us to be present and mindful about what we are doing. We will often ‘ding’ ourselves in the car before we are about to drive somewhere, even at the risk of being late. Funny enough, the bell of mindfulness transforms time so that we are more time efficient!

I recommend that you ring your bell of mindfulness regularly so you can create a healthy habit of stillness, presence and reduce unnecessary stress. You will find that a lot of stress, worry and urgency drops away.

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Do what you Love!

Who would you be without your limiting beliefs that hold you back from doing what you love?

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Take the leap of faith & do what you love!

I launched Jaya Jones.com in July 2014. It has been stop and start with it going on ‘ice’ for an extended period of time. I attempted to start kundalini yoga classes from home on a few occasions. 1 or 2 people would come (mostly one or none!) I felt so empty after yoga classes because I anticipated more people would come as I wanted to share with students the life changing and transformational experience of yoga because of the personal and profound impact that yoga has on my life. Continue reading

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Silent Retreat

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Silent Retreat Perth

I recently spent 9 days in silence at Jhana Grove Buddhist Meditation Retreat Centre in Serpentine Western Australia. It’s located in the beautiful Perth Hills only 1 hour from the city!

The centre was right in the middle of 100’s of acres of bush land with miles and miles of bush walking tracks, a variety of bird life, kangaroos, frogs, bilbo’s (small Aussie mammal), warm sun and the sound of the cool summer breeze. Continue reading

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The Goal of Yoga

Jaya Jones - Physical Fitness, Emotional Fitness & Mental Clarity = YOGA

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Patanjali in his 2nd Yoga Sutra states that “The entire science of yoga is based on controlling the mental modifications of the mind”

The goal of yoga is to quiet the mind so that ‘Union’ within yourself can occur. At its core, yoga brings together the fragmented parts of yourself, creating a sense of being at home and at peace in your life.

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