What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is about moving away from a thinking-based way of living into a more direct and immediate connection with our ordinary everyday experience. By noticing the small moments of joy in our everyday, present moment experiences, we can start to find a place of balance and equilibrium. 

“I will never apologise for embracing joy and beauty — even when the world is falling apart — because joy and beauty are my fuel for activism.” — Karen Walrond, The Lightmaker’s Manifesto

Mindfulness means paying attention…

…in a particular way:

on purpose

in the present moment

non-judgmentally.

(Jon-Kabat Zinn, 2016)

to what’s happening in the present moment

 in the mind, body and external environment, 

with an attitude of curiosity and kindness.

(The Mindful Nation Parliamentary Report October, 2015)

 

This kind of awareness nurtures greater appreciation, clarity and acceptance of present- moment reality. Often within these present moment realities there are opportunities for joy- a smile, someone making you a cup of tea or feeling what it’s like to feel alive!

Core Features of Mindfulness

  • Being present
  • Developing attention
  • Coming out of autopilot
  • Responding rather than reacting
  • Creating space
  • Becoming less judgemental
  • Enhancing compassion
  • Letting go and accepting what is
  • Non-striving
  • Finding perspective