Mindfulness practices are not new and have origins in the contemplative traditions of Asia, especially Buddhism. In the last 40 years, they have been formulised into the therapies of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), traditionally delivered in eight-week classes.
Many people are experiencing the benefits of mindfulness. An easy way to start is through a smart-phone app. If you’re new to mindfulness, here’s a 3 minute introduction to explain what it’s all about:
As well as breathing exercises, mindfulness can be practised through colouring – although somewhat childish, creating a colourful image is in itself satisfying. If art isn’t your thing, tai chi is an alternative form of meditation which relaxes both body and mind, additionally it strengthens your ligaments for stronger joints. Please see the video link below for a free lesson in Tai Chi.
Ready to give mindful meditation a go? Here’s a video to start you off: