What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a state of being fully present and aware in the current moment, without judging or distracting ourselves with thoughts or worries about the past or future. It involves paying attention to our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and surroundings in a non-judgmental way, with an attitude of curiosity and openness. By cultivating a more mindful approach to our experiences, we can gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and our relationship to the world around us.

One of the key benefits of mindfulness is its ability to help us manage stress and negative emotions. By learning to observe our thoughts and feelings without becoming overly attached to them or getting caught up in negative thought patterns, we can cultivate a sense of inner calm and resilience. This can help us to deal more effectively with difficult or challenging situations, both in our personal and professional lives.

Research has shown that mindfulness can also have a range of benefits for both physical and mental health. For example, it has been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, improve cognitive function, and boost immune system function. Mindfulness-based therapies have been shown to be effective in treating a range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, and addiction.

Mindfulness is a powerful tool for managing stress, improving emotional regulation, and cultivating greater self-awareness. By integrating mindfulness into our daily lives, we can learn to become more present, focused, and compassionate, and develop a greater sense of connection to ourselves and those around us. Whether through formal meditation practices or informal everyday activities, there are many ways to incorporate mindfulness into our lives and reap the benefits of this powerful practice.

One of the keys to developing a more mindful approach to life is to practice regularly. This can involve formal meditation practices, such as focusing on the breath or a particular sensation, as well as informal practices, such as paying attention to our surroundings while walking or eating. By making mindfulness a regular part of our daily routine, we can gradually develop greater awareness, compassion, and resilience.


Mindfulness through Breathing

Get Settled

Find somewhere comfortable and fairly private where you can sit or lue down quietly, preferably where you've hung your suncatcher. Set a timer on your phone for 3-10 minutes.

Calm Your Mind

Once you're ready, either close your eyes or find a focus object (suncatchers are great for this).

Begin to focus on your breaths.

Place a hand on your stomach and feel the way it moves in and out as you breathe.

Don't try to count or moderate your breathing. Just accept that it is what it is and be aware of each breath you take.

Optional: Mindful Breathing

If you wish, instead of simply focusing on the act of breathing, time your breaths.

Laying down, place a hand on your stomach to feel your breathing.

Breathe in deeply for three seconds. Focus on the feeling of your hand moving, your chest expanding.

Hold that breath for a short pause, then breathe out over three seconds, focusing on the movements of your chest and stomach.

Continue for as long as you like.

Optional: 4-7-8 Breathing

Similar to the other options, with 4-7-8 breathing you're going to focus on your breathing.

Once settled, take a deep breath and deep exhale; let all the air out of your lungs,

Breathe deeply in through your nose for a count of 4 seconds.

Hold the breath in your lungs for 7 seconds,

Exhale through your mouth for 8 seconds.

Continue for as long as you like.