Mindfulness is the word of the moment. Everyone is using it, even Parliament! But what does it actually mean?
The dictionary definition is:
1.the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.“their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition”
2.a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
Essentially it means focusing your awareness your own thoughts and feelings, as well as the world around you. By practicing mindfulness you can improve your mental wellbeing.
“The simplest way to practise mindfulness is to sit in a straight backed chair, close your eyes, and focus on the sensations that your breath makes as it flows into and out of your body….As your mind begins to chase after different thoughts, bring your awareness back to the sensations of the breath.”
Even yoga teachers are confused by it!
Then there are some people who can’t stand the word. Fiona Kennedy explains in the Huffington Post how it puts her off the whole concept.