In a nutshell, simply getting in touch with the raw unprocessed experience of life, tuning in to your senses and seeing, hearing, feeling things as they are right now.
In this way Mindfulness helps us to see clearly what is going on in our lives.
Regardless of what is happening, we can stop reacting to things out of habit or reflex and instead of being driven by circumstances, learn to respond to life more calmly and creatively. By becoming more aware of ourselves and the world around us, we can learn to notice when we do things without thinking and choose new more helpful ways of living.
Often our thoughts are focused either on the past or the future, paying very little attention to what is happening right now. This means that we are often unaware of a lot of our experience, even the great stuff, by worrying about the past or thinking about the future, life literally passes us by.
Mindfulness training helps us switch off the autopilot and focus on the here and now, enjoying things more and worrying less.
Mindfulness won’t solve all your problems overnight, the aim is not to change things, only how we respond to them, yet such a simple change can have a profound effect on our quality of life. In helping us to step away from habitual patterns, mindfulness training provides us with a proven approach to cultivating clarity, insight, and understanding.
BBC reporter David Sillito tried mindfulness meditation and was convinced. In the clip below he talks about his experience and how it helped a friend cope with chronic pain.
To start learning mindfulness go to our events page to see what workshops we have coming up.
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