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What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness — the ability to be fully present in the moment — can have numerous benefits, everything from decreased levels stress and sadness to increased levels of focus and happiness, according to general mindfulness research. But what exactly is mindfulness? And, how can you recognise it and reap its many benefits? Mindfulness meditation practice is one way to truly experience the current moment and integrate that awareness into your everyday life. Here’s everything you need to know to get started.

Defining Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the quality of being present and fully engaged with whatever we’re doing at the moment — free from distraction or judgment, and aware of our thoughts and feelings without getting caught up in them. We train in this moment-to-moment awareness through meditation, allowing us to build the skill of mindfulness so that we can then apply it to everyday life. In teaching the mind to be present, we are teaching ourselves to be live more mindfully — in the present, taking a breath, not beholden to reactive thoughts and feelings — which is particularly helpful when faced with challenging circumstances or difficult situations.

The difference between mindfulness and meditation

Here’s the thing that many people find confusing about mindfulness: it’s not a temporary state of mind that is present during meditation and then vanishes for the rest of the day. Rather, mindfulness is a way of living in which we are able to step back and be in the present moment in any situation. 

Mindfulness doesn’t eliminate stress or other difficulties; instead, by becoming aware of unpleasant thoughts and emotions that arise because of challenging situations, we have more choice in how to handle them in the moment — and a better chance of reacting calmly and empathetically when faced with stress or challenges. Of course, practicing mindfulness does not mean we never get angry — rather it allows us to be more thoughtful in how we want to respond, whether that's calmly and empathetically or perhaps, occasionally with measured anger. 

Meditation is the training ground for learning mindfulness. At first, we meditate to become familiar with the here and now for a limited period of time. Over time, however, regularly practicing mindfulness helps us develop the ability to be present throughout the day, every day.

The Benefits of Mindfulness

Decreased Stress & Anxiety

By learning to quiet the mind and letting thoughts pass we are rewiring the brain diminishing traits such as fear, stress, and anxiety 

Increased Compassion

Mindfulness deepens compassion for ourselves and others by suspending self-judgement and bringing our attention back to the present moment

Heightened Focus

Mindfulness helps us recognise distracting thoughts or impulses and let them pass by without indulging or lingering on them


Mindfulness & Mindful Meditation Course

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8 Week MBSR Meditation Course

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Daily Group Meditation

Mon - Fri 6.00am
30 mins meditation with 10 min discussion at the end.
You can participate with camera on or off, whichever is more comfortable for you.

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