What is Mindfulness?
Our modern busy lifestyles can result in us spending a great deal of time living on autopilot being lost in our thoughts without being aware or noticing whats going on within us and what's going on around us.
Scientific research has shown that living in the present moment makes us happier. When the mind wanders, particular unhelpful thought patterns and compulsive habits of mind can lead to symptoms such as stress, anxiety and depression. These can lead us to over-react to situations, people, life's difficulties, challenges and triggers in unskillful ways, which may lead us to say and do things we may later regret.
Mindfulness is a way of being that can be developed through systematic training which deepens over time. It help us to be with and to cope more easily with life's difficulties, stress and health issues which improves our overall sense of well being. Its like coming back to our senses, feeling more connected to our self, to the present moment and to others.
Three core components are essential for cultivating and practising mindfulness meditation;
Intention - inner decision to be mindful
Attention - training the mind to be present
Attitude - paying attention to the present moment with kindness, non judgement and curiosity.
At Cultivating Mindfulness we are committed to offering mindfulness meditation courses, workshops and retreat days to help you wake up from automatic pilot and break free from unskillful patterns and habits of mind. We will help and support you to establish and maintain your own practice to feel more connected and live more fully in the present moment to enhance your sense of connection, contentment, resilience and wellbeing.