Mindfulness is being aware of the present moment intentionally and doing so in a non-judgmental way.
It can be described as being fully present; aware of what we’re and where we are, and not reacting
to or being overwhelmed by what’s happening around us.
It involves making a concerted effort to notice what’s happening in the present moment
(in your body, mind, feelings and surroundings) without judging anything.
It’s a quality we all possess, we just need to learn how to access it. It can be cultivated
through proven techniques and practices:
Informal mindfulness practices can be practised in everyday life and not at a set time, and can
be combined with most activities, such as driving, walking in nature or even washing up, whereas formal
mindfulness practices tend to have a set time where this is the sole focus, such as a body scan
meditation, a sitting meditation or a guided meditation.
Mindfulness introduces a more abundant, relaxed and happier way of living and has a range of benefits.
It draws upon a long history of the teaching of mindfulness in religious and philosophical tradition
and has its roots in Buddhism. Mindfulness was originally a Buddhist meditation technique and was
taught to help gain insight and the ability to be fully aware in the moment. (The name Buddha means ‘awakened one’.)
It’s a very powerful, yet uncomplicated, practice of training our attention. Its simplicity lies in
being present and paying attention to our thoughts, feelings and sensations without judgement. It is powerful
because it can break negative thought patterns, improve wellbeing, increase resilience, raise confidence
and help find new sources of happiness and calm.
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