Mindfulness means being aware of what’s happening in your body and mind, and in the world around you, now, as it happens.
This increased awareness brings many benefits, and has been proven in scientific trials to reduce stress, pain, anxiety, irritability, exhaustion and burnout. Mindfulness improves physical functioning, wellbeing and creativity.
How does Mindfulness work?
Have you ever driven your car somewhere and arrived at your destination only to realise you remember nothing about your journey?
Or started eating a packet of crisps, then suddenly noticed all you had left in your hands was an empty packet?
Most of us have! These are common examples of ‘mindlessness’ or a state that can be referred to as on ‘autopilot’.
Living this way – in mindlessness – we often fail to notice the joy of life, fail to enjoy what is going on around us, what our bodies are telling us, or often get stuck in mechanical conditioned ways of thinking.
It has been said that mindfulness is the opposite of mindlessness. It means waking up out of autopilot and ‘taking the steering wheel’ of our attention again. To be mindful is to live in the present moment and practicing meditation can help us to achieve this goal.
Therapists offering mindfulness
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