What is Mindfulness?
'We are what we think; all that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make our world’ Buddha
Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: fully present, with curiosity and compassion.
Mindfulness is a continual practice of being in the moment, not thinking about the past or worrying about the future.
Most of us live on ‘automatic pilot’ and are not really aware of what we are doing. We may feel blown around by the wind and carried away with our emotions. When we are on automatic pilot, we are more likely to have our ‘buttons’ pressed. We tend to follow old habits of thinking which trigger automated and conditional responses that are often unhelpful and not needed.
Professor Mark Williams at Oxford University defines it thus: ‘It is a mind-body based training that enables us to change the way we think and feel’.
The renowned Buddhist writer, Thich Nhat Hanh, describes mindfulness as an energy that transforms our way of living - you are fully living your life, being fully awake in the midst of it.
For me, mindfulness is a way of being for life; it is a continuous journey of deep connection, exploration of awareness and acceptance of myself and of others. Reminding myself to be mindful helps me to cope with difficult emotions, knowing that in the next moment I will feel different. It also reminds me to be grateful and gentle with myself and others.
- To treat you with care and respect
- Creating a non-judgemental, calm space
- Re-connecting with yourself and others
- To support your self-exploration and self-awareness
- Nourishing happiness
How can Mindfulness help you?
- Practising self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-love
- Cultivating kindness and compassion to yourself and others
- Increasing resilience and coping mechanisms to manage stress and anxiety
Exploring the thoughts of our inner ‘monkey mind’
- Embracing difficult emotions
- Improving relationships with others
- Manage chronic depression and pain
- Improve your memory and creativity
- Living in the ‘present’ is the best gift you can give yourself!
What to expect
I facilitate a ‘drop in’ mindful meditation workshop on a weekly basis which covers different topics each week. The workshops involve small groups (maximum of 6 people) which are educational, fun and informal. Why not come along?