‘Realise deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.’

Eckhart Tolle

Mindfulness is the ability to be truly present in each moment, of being aware of yourself, others, and the world around you.

In a nutshell, it is about noticing the moment we are in rather than being distracted by past/future thoughts or by scattered thoughts. It helps us to take life one moment at a time rather than things rushing by in a blur.

Mindfulness teaches us to have a more open, non-judgmental attitude towards the present moment. It is accepting and observing the present moment without a need or an attempt to change it in any way. Learning to practice mindfulness helps us to fully observe and be aware of the present moment from a more neutral, detached perspective. It enables us to consciously choose our response to situations rather than reacting through habitual patterns.

Being truly present in each moment helps us to break busy days down into bite-size chunks so to speak, so even when we are very busy we have a sense of having much more time and do not feel rushed. Much of our stress comes from feeling like we have too much to do in not enough time as we carry the entire day with us into each and every moment, bringing with it a feeling of overwhelm.

Body Scan Mindfulness Meditation

This simple mindfulness practice can help you to become more present. Remember it is normal for other thoughts to arise, or to lose focus. This doesn’t matter. Simply bring your focus back as often as you need to.

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Learning to use the Body Scan can be a great tool to help you to discover tension in the body before it develops into a bigger issue. You can combine this exercise with either the Progressive Muscle Relaxation Technique or the Diaphragmatic Breathing Technique to help release tension.

Try to notice how your body feels in different situations. For example, see if you can notice whether you feel any physical sensations when you have to do something you find challenging. If you do notice any unpleasant sensations in the body see if you can ease these by doing a bit of conscious diaphragmatic breathing.

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