What is mindfulness?

There has been a lot of talk about mindfulness over the last few years. So what are people talking about? The term has been used in different ways and misconceptions abound. Firstly, what mindfulness isn’t, is emptying the mind of thoughts. Nor is it a way of chilling out and escaping from the real world. Instead, it is an auspicious coming together of ancient mind training techniques and contemporary discoveries in the science of mental well-being. Essentially, it is the practice of paying attention to the present moment, on purpose, with non-judgement and self compassion. This may sound simple, but we are deeply habituated to distraction. Through regular practice we are able to have insights into the mechanisms that keep us trapped on a reactive wheel of dissatisfaction and restlessness. By re-orientating our relationship to the often barely conscious thought habits that drive us, we can begin to release ourselves from anxiety, depression and frustration, find more focus and take our seat firmly in the midst of our lives, just as they are.

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