How do I learn mindfulness?
While it’s always useful and helpful to have the theoretical and research-based data to read about, talk about and ponder, it’s no substitute for your first-hand experience of mindfulness. Even ten minutes of practice every day will quickly help you develop new neural pathways and develop new habits of behavior. Brain imaging studies show that mindfulness practice reliably and profoundly alters the structure and function of the brain to improve the quality of thought, feeling and concern for others. You’ll start to learn mindfulness in the opening session of all our courses, programs and workshops.
Is it hard?
Like anything new, learning to live mindfully takes practice and repetition. The pay-off though is rapid as we learn to sustain our attention and direct it more skillfully, breaking the grip of worry, judgement, impulsive reactions and the feeling of being out of control. We learn to experience greater levels of calm, peace, focus, kindness and compassion.
Who’s it for?
Anyone and everyone! Mindfulness helps people of all ages think more clearly, learn more effectively, perform better and feel calmer, less anxious and less stressed or hopeless. There are no prerequisites other than a desire to experience more of what life has to offer, a willingness to explore and investigate and experience the practicalities of living mindfully, and a curiosity about uncovering and learning more about one’s habits of thinking, feeling and behaviour – and the extent to which they either help us grow and develop, or keep us stuck.
Mindfulness of breath?
Because mindfulness involves learning to direct our attention to our experience as it unfolds moment-by-moment, our own selves become our ‘laboratory’. We begin our exploration with our breath, paying attention to the sensations of the breath as it enters and leaves the body. Tuning in to our breath brings us right into the here and now and anchors our awareness in the body. The breath plays a vital role in healing and is an incredible support in developing a mindful approach to life, and to our day-to-day experience.