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WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?

When we live mindfully, we are interested in finding out what’s happening to us right here, right now. By paying attention to sensations in our body, thoughts and emotions as they arise, we learn to acknowledge how we are, recognize our own habits and patterns of behaviour and how they affect us. With mindfulness practice we gradually develop the capacity to be more aware, more often, noticing the ways in which we dwell in our rumination about the past or our preoccupation with the future. By being able to see our own behavioural tendencies more clearly, we can choose what we wish to modify and live more purposefully.

WHY MINDFULNESS?

Our digital age propels us down a fast-paced lane where we are compelled to conduct our lives in cyberspace and nano seconds, multi-tasking, reacting instantaneously to messages that bombard us from all directions, and seeking immediate response. Depleted of time for pause and space for reflection, we become easily agitated, argumentative, impatient and tired.

While mindfulness is not a panacea, regular practice can help us cultivate our capacity to:

  • Reduce stress and anxiety in everyday life;
  • Improve our concentration and ability to perform;
  • Boost our confidence in dealing with difficult situations;
  • Be more familiar with our own mind and feeling states;
  • Make more conscious and wholesome choices;
  • Notice positive aspects of ourselves and others; and
  • Feel happier.