Each moment is a new beginning, full of possibility.
Mindfulness is a way of paying clear attention to our present moment experience, without judgement, and with an attitude of acceptance.
The particular meditations taught in mindfulness classes are entirely secular practices. Mindfulness is rooted in the Buddhist meditation tradition dating back more than two and a half thousand years. However, today, mindfulness can be universally learned and practised by anyone, whatever their background. Mindfulness is a natural human quality and we all have a natural capacity for awareness. With practice, mindful awareness can be developed more helpfully in everyday life, enabling us to live more fully and clearly, without worrying about the future or dwelling on the past.
Coming back to the present moment with awareness, we become more in touch with what is going on in our thoughts, emotions, physical and sensory experiences. Mindfulness helps us to notice stress building, and when the mind is caught in unhelpful thought patterns. Recognising this, we can return our attention again and again to the here and now.
This simple shift of awareness can dramatically improve the quality of life. It allows us not only to experience the richness and joy of life more fully, but also strengthens our ability to respond to difficulties more skilfully, rather than habitually reacting. It helps us to develop greater patience, curiosity, kindness and perspective. Moment by moment, we can find a balanced place from which to meet life’s challenges with greater inner stability, resilience and confidence.