Is Mindfulness Everywhere These Days?
Seems like it! From colouring books to retreats in Thailand!
So is it just a bit of a trend?
Perhaps it got popular so quickly because it is helpful. It offers a way of being with all the busy activity of modern life, without getting overwhelmed by it. Research shows that meditation, (and meditation is an important part of mindfulness) can change the structure of the brain, resulting in a thickening of the cerebral cortex and affecting emotional integration. That’s the science, but also people who do mindfulness regularly find that it helps them enjoy the small and wonderful things in life and stress less about the stuff they can’t change.
Do you know what it is?
Mindfulness is about paying attention to moment to moment experience; getting more familiar with ourselves, rather than being on automatic pilot much of the time. The mindfulness practices or techniques help to get us into the habit of just staying with how we are; knowing that nothing lasts forever, even pain. It also encourages us to be kinder to ourselves, reminding us that we are usually doing the best we can. It often begins by attending to breathing but it is about so much more than that.
How do I know where to start?
You could start with us, (maybe we are biased) but the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service offers weekly mindfulness sessions and a termly course.
We have also put some practices on MMUtube. You will find links and information here.
We also have a mindfulness pinboard on pinterest, and links to apps we like.
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