What is Mindfulness?
A non-judgemental awareness of our present experience just as it is.
An ancient life skill
Mindfulness, although on-trend, has its roots in Buddhism. It is old – estimated to be two and a half thousand years old. It is a mind and body meditation practice.
For us, today, this does not mean we have to quit our jobs, give up a love of sport or wine and become a “spiritual being” to practice mindfulness!
Mindfulness is very down to earth. It is for ordinary people, who juggle and deal with the ups and downs we ALL face in our fast-paced life.
Enlightening and life changing
- For waking up to our life and being fully aware of our present experience.
- To decrease the negative effects of chronic stress, anxiety and low mood.
- To improve happiness, contentment, self-compassion and kindness.
How does it work?
We live in our heads. All human minds operate in similar ways – on automatic pilot.
- Ever driven to work and not remembered the journey?
- Put your keys down and cannot find them?
- Eaten a bag of crisps and before you know it the whole bag has gone?
This is autopilot, when our mind is elsewhere. Problem-solving, planning, worrying, stressing, thoughts about the future, thoughts about the past, busy, multi-tasking, scattered minds!
So busy are our minds, we miss the present moment. This is the only moment we have. Life can pass us by while our minds are elsewhere.
Mindfulness practice does not aim to stop thoughts or fix unpleasant emotions or mind states. Rather, mindfulness changes our relationship to these states, allowing them to be just as they are. Giving us choice, another place to stand & to see more clearly.
For example, we cannot get rid of stress, it is part of life, but we can change the way we respond to stress, giving us greater manageability in life.
Mindfulness practice equips us with tools to respond to life’s ups and downs and difficulties, allowing us to respond skillfully, rather than react. Creating balance, calm and increasing wellbeing.