What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally (a definition from John Kabat-Zinn, one of the founders of modern day mindfulness).
It is a skill that we can learn, that allows us to be present for what’s going on in our daily lives, to notice and be more grateful for things, and to face our difficulties with kindness rather than run away from them. It can help us to be more focussed, to settle our minds, to calm the “inner critic” and to live in a more compassionate manner which can benefit not only ourselves but those around us.
Mindfulness can be of huge benefit to everyone, young or old, from all walks of life. It is not a religion and is taught in a secular (non-religious) way, so it is suitable for people of any faith or no faith. It is not the same as counselling or therapy, and you will not be asked to share any information about your day to day life, situation or history. And no, you do not have to sit crossed legged on a cushion – although you can if you wish!
"There's more right with you than wrong with you... as long as you're breathing" ~Rob Nairn