ILLUSTRATION:  BECKY LIDDIARD

ILLUSTRATION: BECKY LIDDIARD

mindfulness meditation

“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.” 

Jon Kabat-Zinn


WHAT TO EXPECT

Unlike other forms of Meditation, Mindfulness doesn’t ask you to clear your mind, or imagine that you’re somewhere else; quite the opposite in fact. A Mindfulness practice asks you to try to pay attention to your current experience as closely as you possibly can.

When we pay attention to our body, to our stream of thoughts and feelings, and to the world around us, it can help us to reconnect; ground us back into the present moment and actually experience things as they are.. When we do this we can begin to see how much time we spend “in our heads” and how we might become entangled in this in ways that are not helpful. Once we begin to notice these patterns we can gradually, compassionately, consciously and positively, change the way we see ourselves and our lives.

A regular mindfulness practice can help us stand back from our thoughts and start to see their patterns and gradually we can train ourselves to notice when they’re taking over, and realise that thoughts are just that - thoughts. They are not facts; and realising this can be a life changer!

“The gold at the end of the rainbow is that you can change your mind and how you think. This is called neuroplasticity. Your genes, hormones, regions in the brain, and early learning do not necessarily determine your fate.”
Ruby Wax