If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath. Amit Roy
When you drink just drink, when you walk just walk. Zen saying
Mindfulness is essentially as simple as these quotes suggest. But of course the way our minds work, constantly on the move and often distracted, means that it is a real challenge!
Although relatively new to the western world, mindfulness has been practiced and developed for millenia across much of the eastern world, and can be seen as integral to yoga and meditation.
During the 1980’s American psychologist Jon Kabat-Zinn began introducing aspects of mindfulness had learned whilst studying Korean Zen philosophy and yoga. His research and practice, together with recent developments in neurosciences, show how regular mindfulness practice increases a sense of contentment, ability to focus, and alleviates pain and other symptoms of health conditions.
For example, as Buddhist mindfulness teacher Thich Nhat Hanh suggests, a simple Smile practice will send messages to our brain that we are in a calm, happy state of mind, which in turn reduces pain, anxiety etc!
The sessions and workshops I provide typically include some gentle movement, breathing and body awareness exercises, together with other practices that are easily applied to our daily lives (for example, making a hot drink, eating or even talking mindfully!) They will be tailor made to suit your individual or group needs, and can be anything between an hour and a full day.
Charges range from £25 for a one to one 60 minute session and vary depending on the numbers in and requirements of a group.