What is mindfulness?
THE BODY SCAN MEDITATION
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WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
Although mindfulness seems like a recent trend, it has it’s origins in Buddhist contemplative practices from about two and a half thousand years ago. Science is just discovering what the monks have known for centuries – that mindfulness meditation is a powerful tool for inner transformation.
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention in day to day life that supports you to be more present to your inner and outer experience.
It helps you stay focussed on what you are doing and is a powerful antidote to the distractible nature of the mind and the information-overload in our digital world. When practised regularly, it brings more calm, creativity and effectiveness into everyday life, reducing stress and enhancing our mind’s capabilities.
THE FIRST MINDFULNESS PRACTICE
The body scan meditation is the first step to becoming more mindful by connecting to the present moment through tuning into our senses. It also promotes relaxation which is an important first step in settling the mind in its natural state of calm.
Mindfulness meditation is not a complex practice – the main challenge is doing it regularly so you can experience the benefits. It’s like a form of fitness training for your mind and just like physical fitness, when you start training there can be a lot of resistance. So don’t be surprised if this first week of the course is a bit difficult.
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