Our incredible human brain has evolved to do lots of things at once – thinking, planning, walking, talking etc. Now though, more than ever, because of the pace of life and our reliance on technology, it can feel like our minds get overloaded with information which can lead us to experience increased anxiety, stress and an inability to concentrate and focus.
Mindfulness can help us to develop a greater awareness of what our mind is doing with a view to gently training it to become more effective at focusing on one thing at a time. Mindfulness can also help us to notice how our bodies respond to different emotions and feelings so that in turn we might begin to be less reactive and more in control of our lives and relationships.
It can also make everyday tasks more enjoyable – for example a mindful eating practice involves fully noticing how the food tastes, its changing textures as we chew, and it also reminds us to stop and really appreciate where our food came from and perhaps how our bodies respond to different foods.
Mindfulness, then is essentially a way of being that helps us to be much more aware of both our inner and outer worlds. It can help us to cope better with the inevitable stresses of life with a greater sense of ease, confidence, resilience and perspective.