“The term mindfulness refers to a quality of awareness that includes that ability to pay attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.” Mindfulness founder, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness is a core component of my holistic approach and daily working ethos.
The art of deep contemplation and self-acceptance is one that has helped me personally during my moments of anxiety, and just ten minutes a day of meditation and Mindfulness can have an instantly calming and long-lasting positive effect both spiritually and physically.
Simple techniques can reduce stress and help us to reassert a sense of control over the hectic nature of modern life, and Mindfulness in a healthcare setting has proven to help combat everything from depression and insomnia to chronic pain.
A combination of ancient wisdom and modern psychology, Mindfulness can be practised in a number of ways – including one of the most basic and effective techniques: breathing.
Take ten minutes for yourself to try Mindfulness of breathing:
Sit comfortably on a chair with your back straight, feet uncrossed and flat on the floor, your arms resting on your legs or in your lap on top of one another. Spend a moment to take in your surroundings with a soft focus.
Now gently close your eyes and tune into the inner environment of your body.
Become aware of the weight of your body, the contact between your body and the chair, and the sensation of the soles of your feet on the floor. Feel the weight of your hands and your arms resting on your legs or lap.
Take a moment now to notice the sounds around you, both inside and outside the room. You don’t need to focus on the noises; just let the sounds be.
Tune into the feeling of the air on your face and body, notice whether you are warm or cool.