Mindfulness is a way of life, a way of being, as much as mindful meditation. It can impact every aspect of our lives and enrich the simplest of activities as well as helping us deal the more challenging experiences we face.
Mindfulness involves learning to direct our attention to our experience as it unfolds, moment by moment, with open-minded curiosity and kindness. Rather than worrying about what hashappened or might happen, it trains us to respond skilfully to whatever is happening right now, be that good or bad.
Mindfulness combines our minds and hearts to help be resilient in the face of difficulty but also to develop our appreciation, kindness and compassion to enable us to flourish.
Mindfulness training can improve health and wellbeing and enhance life satisfaction. It also helps people of all ages to learn more effectively, think more clearly, perform better, to feel calmer, less anxious and less depressed, and to bring more kindness and compassion into their lives.
Mindfulness is essentially about increased self-knowledge and self-management, for the benefit of the self and others which is at the heart of education. Mindfulness can underpin the ethos and values of any education setting, enhancing the emotional and mental wellbeing of leaders, staff and learners.