A Lesson in Mindfulness

I’ve recently had the chance to learn about ‘mindfulness’ and have been reaping the benefits of putting it into practice.

We all suffer from busy brains. There seems to be so much to think about, remember, consider, plan.

mindfulness2Many times, I’ve been out for a walk in our beautiful country-side and I’ve found myself spending the time thinking about ‘stuff’. I’ve planned meals for the week, taken myself through tricky phone call I’m dreading making or sorted out the wording for a report I’ve got to write at work. I’ve got home barely able to remember where I’ve been, let alone aware of what I’ve seen and heard.

Mindfulness challenges this habit.

It’s about thinking about the here and now. It’s about concentrating on the situation you’re in and thinking only about that. It’s about looking around you and really seeing what’s there. It’s about taking in the detail and appreciating what’s in front of us at that moment. It’s about being ‘mindful’ of now.

And it’s amazing the difference it makes to a walk! We’re so lucky to live where we do. There’s so much to see, hear, smell and feel – when we take the opportunities.

Being ‘mindful’ of what’s around me has served to give my full up, planning / churning mind a rest.

Maybe give it a go. We’re surrounded in places to walk and things to see. I would encourage you to get out there, engage your mind in the nature that’s around us and give your brain a holiday – it’ll be delighted!

Clare Cornell