Mindfulness: The quality or state of being conscious or aware of something. 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.

Oxford English Dictionaries Online


In our frantic 24 hour global world, it can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice what's going on around us, and within us. Caught up in our thoughts, we can lose touch with the way we are feeling, not noticing how those thoughts are driving our emotions and behaviour.

Being able to pay more attention to the present moment; to our own thoughts and emotions and to what's going on around us can enhance our mental wellbeing. This awareness of ourselves and what's going on around us can help us to understand ourselves better and enjoy life more.

Mindfulness meditation involves developing the skill of bringing your attention to what is happening in the present moment. Decide what to focus your attention on, and then as best you can, observe it without trying to change anything. Using these techniques can help us to focus on returning to the present moment, reminding ourselves to take notice of our thoughts, feelings, body sensations and the world around us.

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I currently teach Mindfulness to many different people, either individually or as groups and in a variety of different settings. It is becoming an increasingly popular therapeutic technique that is used within the workplace, helping staff to cope and manage with the stresses of tight deadlines and heavy workloads.


Engaging in regular mindfulness sessions can help us to reconnect with our bodies and the sensations they experience. Becoming more "mindful" in our every day lives can help reduce stress and encourage a general increase in a sense of wellbeing.

Reconnecting allows us to experience our thoughts and feelings as they happen, and we can focus our attention on the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the present moment.

As we become more aware of the many thoughts and feelings that we experience, we can see how we can become "entangled" in those thoughts in ways that are not helpful or conducive.

When we become more aware of the present moment, we begin to experience afresh things that we have previously been taking for granted.

With practice, we can train ourselves to notice when our thoughts are taking over and realise that these are simply "mental events" that do not have to control us.

Mindfulness can free us from the past and the future by not allowing us to become "trapped" in reliving past problems or anticipating future worries. Some of the main benefits that have been well researched are:

  • Lower stress levels,
  • Reductions in anxiety,
  • Improvements with depression,
  • Increased body satisfaction – more acceptance of your body as it is,
  • Improved cognition, focus and use of memory,
  • General increase in a sense of wellbeing.

As well as being mindful in daily life, it can be helpful to set aside time for a more formal mindfulness practice. This will give you more profound results than an informal ad-hoc approach would, although you will benefit greatly from a combination of both. Start small and gradually increase what you do when you are ready.


Then please do contact me for further details of my therapy sessions. I offer all potential clients a free 15 minute telephone consultation which will allow me to find out a bit more about you, what you are having difficulty with and how I can help you to achieve your long-term goals and ambitions.

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