Mindfulness is the simple, yet profound art of noticing the many incredible aspects of our experience in each moment. Cultivating mindful awareness can enhance our lives as well as helping us to cope with difficulties when these arise.
Being in the present
Much of the time we are not actually in the present moment but are caught up in thinking about what is happening, has happened in the past or might happen in the future. While this ability to think about our experiences is an essential part of what it means to be human, getting caught up in thought can be problematic, particularly if these thoughts are negative and/or self-critical.
Through practising mindfulness we increase our awareness of all aspects of our experience, including our thoughts and how these can affect how we feel and what we do. There are times when we can all find ourselves on automatic pilot, doing something without fully noticing. This can contribute to us reacting in unhelpful ways, which may be self-limiting or self-defeating, and mindfulness can help us to respond to these experiences more effectively. Beneath the waves of our difficult experiences, we can connect with the breath and a greater sense of calmness and clarity. As Jon Kabat-Zinn has said, “you can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf”.
Join a mindfulness course
Joining a mindfulness course can enhance well-being, help cope with stress and improve mood.