Mindfulness is all about learning to direct our attention to our experience as it unfolds, moment by moment, with open-minded curiosity and acceptance. Rather than worrying about what has happened or might happen, it trains us to respond skilfully to whatever is happening right now, be that good or bad.
At its most basic level, mindfulness helps train your attention to be more aware of what is actually happening, rather than worrying about what has happened or might happen. We learn to bring greater curiosity to whatever it is we experience. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founding father of secular mindfulness, described this skill as ‘being alive and knowing it’.
Mindfulness can be practised at any age and I believe the younger you start the better prepared you'll be for life's knocks. Whether it's for you or your child, I can help guide you into a practise that will really make a difference to your lives.
The Mindfulness in Schools Project, Paws b, that I run in schools is an brilliant mindfulness curriculum designed for 7-11 year olds. It really is a life-long toolkit for children. For more information please do get in touch.