What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a skill one can learn and cultivate. Being mindful means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, in a gentle and nurturing way. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we're sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
With practice an inner calm and resilience develops, which can accompany us through our day.
This awareness training begins by learning to reconnect with the body, whose sensations are always in the present moment. As this develops we are able to notice the different aspects of our inner experience: thoughts, emotions, sensations and impulses.
With practice we can see all this unfolding, enabling us to be less swept along by our automatic reactions and habits, with more choice over our lives.
How can mindfulness help me?
Through attending a course you learn ways to:
- be calmer and more present in your work and relationships
- reduce the impact of stress so you can respond helpfully to challenges you face
- prioritise your own health and wellbeing, for your benefit and those you work and live with
- reduce the feeling of ‘time pressure’ many people experience
- cultivate greater understanding and kindness towards yourself and others