Mindfulness can traditionally be traced back to a Buddhist practice and over the past few decades has been acknowledged and utilised by many other practitioners of the mind including psychologists and medical practitioners. In summary mindfulness is the practice of being purposefully aware of the self and being "in the now".
The mind has a habit of ‘running its own show’, and often with little actual awareness of what it is doing and what effect it is having on our self and others. An example may be when we are actively talking to someone but not actually listening because our mind is elsewhere thinking about something else. By being mindful we would hear and comprehend what the person is saying to us and respond with an appropriate answer. A different example may be helping us manage unpleasant thoughts or emotions. Imagine you are facing a situation which you find difficult - mindfulness can assist by managing negative thoughts and help us to view the situation calmly.
Mindfulness can also help us to be in the present moment and not preoccupied with thoughts of the past or future. It can assist us in being non-judgmental and seeing situations as they really are, rather than being shadowed by our thought projections. If you attend a retreat with us the practice of mindfulness is taught in a logical and practical manner that can be applied to everyday life to enhance your cognitive and emotional wellbeing.
We have a couple of short sessions each day and by the end of the retreat we find people have learnt at least one useful tool which they may carry with them. Please note that the practice of mindfulness is not a religious practice.