What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is an ancient practice of meditation that comes from the Buddhist tradition. Although it can be applied by people of any and no faith.
Put simply, mindfulness is the practice of paying attention, on purpose, and with open-hearted curiosity, to the present moment – to what is happening in your body, your mind and in the world around you. Practically it involves doing some training exercises (mindfulness meditation) each day and then applying what you learn from this, to your everyday challenges.
Cultivating this ability to observe, without reactivity, can help us to respond to our experiences with clarity and focus, rather than reacting out of old habits and patterns. We also get some space, time and capacity to listen to ourselves and pay attention to the big picture of what we are creating in life and whether this is in line with our values.
This gives us good information about how to choose what is most nourishing for ourselves and others – in everyday moments but also with big decisions.
Would you like to find out more about mindfulness? Watch this short video, and have a go at your own simple, short mindfulness practice, led by Timothea Goddard.