Mindfulness has become a buzzword in recent years as people are rediscovering the benefits of practicing something which has been around for thousands of years.
Mindfulness involves taking our minds away from future planning or from analysing the past and spending time focusing on the present moment, which sounds simple enough – but with our busy minds, isn’t always easy.
There is a wealth of research on the benefits of practicing mindfulness including:
Maybe because of all these benefits, people who practice mindfulness report feeling happier.
In this section, you’ll find information on how to bring mindfulness into your daily life, alongside guided meditations that you can use to support your practice.
People often ask how much/how often they should practice mindfulness. Any mindfulness is better than no mindfulness! However, you’re more likely to feel the benefits by practising little and often, rather than for a longer period once a month. If you can find 45 minutes to practice regularly, then you will soon feel the difference. However, if your life just doesn’t allow for that, could you manage 20 minutes, or just 10? Even if you start with 2 minutes daily, building up to more when you can, you are starting to train your brain and build new, beneficial neural pathways.
If you find it difficult to make time for meditation of ‘formal’ mindfulness, don’t worry. Informal mindfulness can be practised easily, wherever you are, whatever time of day it is.
Informal mindfulness is where you simply bring your attention to whatever you are doing, particularly habitual actions. Rather than going into auto pilot with your mind thinking of other things, try really paying attention to what you are actually doing. Feel the sensations involved. Notice any sounds. Be present with that habitual activity.
Below are just a few suggestions of when and how you can do this. But really, you can do it anytime, anywhere.
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