How can we practice mindfulness meditation? How much time does it take?

mindfulnessOne of the best things about mindfulness is that it’s easy to learn and you don’t need to find a spare half hour and a quiet place to sit. You can feel the difference even by practising for 5 to 10 minutes each day, and you can do it while walking and doing many other activities.

Many of us have brief pauses in our busy days when we find ourselves with a few minutes of free time. Unfortunately, we have a tendency to ‘fill up’ those pauses with more activity. Do you find yourself quickly checking emails and texts in those brief periods? If so, why not try a few minutes of mindfulness practice as an alternative and give yourself a real break. A few minutes of mindfulness can feel like a relaxing massage for your mind.

Mindfulness meditation can be practiced through a guided meditation – you can listen to CDs, or you could try joining a mindfulness meditation group. A group is a good way to begin, because you’ll have a dedicated time and place for your practice. You’ll usually have an opportunity to ask the group leader questions about mindfulness and you’ll be with other people who are also interested in reducing stress and leading a healthier and happier lifestyle.