What is Mindfulness and how can I meditate?
Mindfulness is defined as the ability for an individual to observe their thoughts, without judgement and remain in the present moment at any one given time. It is about recognising when your mind is beginning to wander and bringing it back to the present. Our minds are constantly chattering, they may be re-living the past, looking to the future or trying to protect us from situations that have not yet occurred. Practicing mindfulness allows us to understand that thoughts are exactly that, just thoughts. They do not define who we are and being mindful allows us to disassociate from our thoughts and release stress, worries and anxieties. Regular practice strengthens the connection between mind, body and spirit.
There are many ways you can meditate but for beginners, this is a simple way to start your mindfulness journey, allowing you to bring awareness back to your breath. Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed. Sit comfortably, start with taking slow deep breaths, allowing your body to relax. If you are new to this practice, start slowly, 5-10 minutes is all you need. Concentrate on your breath, breathing in through your nose for 4 seconds, then out through your mouth for 4 seconds. Place your hand on your heart to allow your mind to focus on what your heart feels like. Both adults and children can follow this simple exercise together, to encourage relaxation and self awareness.