Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness is a modern practice with roots in a number of ancient contemplative traditions, in particular meditation. To be mindful is to be intentionally aware of the present moment, allowing whatever arises to come and go without judgement.

When we consciously bring our awareness to our present moment experience without judgement we learn to intimately connect with the richness of our daily life, loosen destructive thought patterns and increase our levels of personal wellbeing. 

Research has shown that mindfulness is an effective technique to assist in stress reduction. It can also increase self-awareness, enhance general psychological health, increase concentration and decrease levels of depression and anxiety.

Clear your head

Try this simple mindfulness exercise to clear your head and regain focus:

  • Take ten slow, deep breaths
  • Completely empty your lungs and allow them to refill by themselves
  • Notice the sensations of your lungs emptying
  • Notice your rib cage rising and falling
  • Notice them refilling
  • Notice the gentle rise and fall of your shoulders

After the ten breaths look around the room and notice what you see. What do you hear ... smell … feel?

Try to maintain this focus as you continue with your day.


Cultivating mindfulness

Listen Try these mindfulness exercises.

Four Minutes of Mindfulness (mp3 5.95mb)
Mindfulness of the breath (mp3 9.61mb)
Your hands as your thoughts (mp3 3.79mb)


Watch
Students explain how mindfulness has helped them.

 


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