Mindfulness meditation has gained a great deal of popularity in recent years due to extensive research and NHS clinical trials. These trials have spawned mainstream headlines such as “Mindfulness Twice as Effective for Depression as Drugs”. Mindfulness is a very simple antidote to the stresses that we experience every day and which can lead to depression, anxiety and a basic sense of disconnectedness.
We spend most of the time either lost in planning for the future or ruminating about the past. Consider the last time you watched a beautiful sunset; chances are that you were aware of the beautiful pinks and oranges and reds and blues of that magnificent sight for only a few seconds before you began to think about the last time you saw a sunset, or the fact that it’s getting late and you should be getting home, or planning the evening’s meal, or wondering whether you need to get any papers together for tomorrow’s meeting.
Mindfulness encourages us to live in the present moment; it offers us a space to focus on what is happening now and gently encourages us to have an awareness of our ruminations, worries and planning without having to attach to them.