Editor’s Note: This is the final installment from our friends across the pond, www.Everyday-Mindfulness.org. We thank them for granting permission to repost this series.
There are many of ways in which you can practice mindfulness. After all, there are a large number of ways in which you can anchor yourself to any given moment.
Many people practice mindfulness of breathing, because the breath is always there and always in the present moment. The breath is a wonderful anchor, and it can really get you in touch with your own body and what is going on there, but there are other ways ways to practice mindfulness too. You can be mindful of the sounds around you or you can be mindful of the taste of the food that you eat; in fact, you can bring mindfulness to almost any aspect of your life. The more that you practice, the easier it gets – like most things in life. Mindfulness can be an alien concept to get your head around at first, particularly if you haven’t done anything like this before. Mindfulness is not a quick fix solution for anything but is likely to bring benefits when practiced continually with patience, discipline and gentleness.
The 8-week mindfulness course devised by the pioneer of secular mindfulness Jon Kabat-Zinn is a tried-and-tested method of introducing someone to mindfulness, and it is taught all over the world. There are many books out there on the subject of mindfulness and the best of these manage to explain the practice in very simple terms, because at its heart mindfulness is an extremely simple concept.
Come along to our forum and join people that are undergoing the 8-week course or chat generally around the subject of mindfulness.