What is mindfulness?

By being aware in the very present moment, usually using the breath as a focal point, the mind slows down enough for you to watch its nature. This helps still the mind and many people find relaxation as a side effect. But the real purpose is to become more engaged with your life and others as you learn to live with more openness, clarity and vitality.  

Mindfulness trains your mind to find stillness in the very present moment. From a still place inside you, can can better observe  how you tick. You become more aware of how your own unique cogwheels of feelings, thoughts and behavior interact. Mindfulness helps you be still long enough to be able to know yourself better and not just act on autopilot. Like a scientist, you put the microscope of your aware attention onto yourself to understand more clearly what is going on in your mind. You become more aware of how much of you is made from habit.

Mindfulness East London brings the world-renowned and research-validated courses MBSR and MBCT to your doorstep. Learn to meditate with programmes that have won mindfulness its global recognition.

First we make our habits and then our habits make us. John Dryden

Poet

This Dryden quote points out that sometimes it is difficult for us to notice our habits because we are our habits. You may have blind spots in your self-awareness. Mindfulness is a set of skills and state of mind to help you see yourself through your habits. You place the center of focused and unbiased attention on body, feelings, thoughts and actions and watch them live in the very moment. The academic most widely credited for bringing mindfulness to the Western world, says:  
Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. Jon Kabat-Zinn

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The benefits of mindfulness

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Focus

Sharpen concentration & attention

Rebalance

Work/life, heart/head, body/mind
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Pause

Ground, centre, unwind & still the mind

Develop creativity

Open up to new possibilities of thinking and relating
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Communication

Enjoy interactions with others more
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Cope with pain

Find a way to live with pain and difficulties
Choose how you learn mindfulness

Private tuition

Book a time and day to suit you. And bring a friend or two to share the cost of the course.

Group class

Join a scheduled group class. The next 8-week programme starts in September 2016.