What is mindfulness meditation?

mindfulnessMindfulness has its origins in Buddhist teachings and has been around for a very long time.

More recently it has become well known in the Western world and it’s becoming more popular day by day. You may have read something about it or knows someone who practices it. Mindfulness is a form of meditation which doesn’t ask us to ‘clear’ our minds of thoughts.

  • When we practice mindfulness, we bring our awareness and curiosity to our present experience.
  • We practice mindfulness with an attitude of gentle and loving acceptance. There is no need to analyse or judge what’s happening– just being in the present moment and being aware of the thoughts and feelings and the body sensations that come up for us is enough.

Curiosity is a very important part of mindfulness – because if we can be curious, particularly about ourselves, we have the potential to learn so much more about ourselves and our relationship with the world around us. With that learning comes the opportunity for us to develop greater clarity, self-acceptance and peace within ourselves.