“Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment.”
“Mindfulness is a therapeutic technique that can help you manage and prevent feelings of depression, stress, anxiety, or discontent. It enables anyone who practices it to live a more attentive, appreciative and vibrant life.”
Oxford Mindfulness Centre
Mindfulness at Mindful Life
As a Mindfulness Teacher I take a secular approach. To benefit from the courses and meditations you’ll find here you don’t need to subscribe to any religion or even feel spiritual.
I can’t guarantee you won’t become increasingly drawn to spirituality, or even to Buddhism, as your practice deepens. That is entirely a matter for you! Some of the readings I recommend, for example, will be rooted in these areas, and you’ll be able to take what you need from them to enhance your own mindful life.
As for me – I’ve been drawn to a spiritual world view for many years, and Buddhist philosophy makes increasing sense to me. No doubt I’ll be blogging about that in the coming months. I hope it goes without saying you will always be free to accept or reject any of that content.
Is there a difference between mindfulness and meditation?
Yes, although they also overlap significantly too.
Mindfulness, in essence, is learning to see the world contunually through what Buddhists call ‘beginner’s mind’. Rather than taking our daily experiences for granted, we look at the world as if we are seeing it for the first time. That’s why there’s an emphasis on living in the now.
Meditatation takes us on an inner journey. What are we thinking and feeling and how can we change that (if we need to). One source of stress, for example, is ‘monkey mind’, where we just don’t seem to be able to focus and our thoughts are jumping all over the place. Through meditation we can learn to tame the monkey – either through guided meditation or via sitting in silent contemplation.
To take this a little further, read this article on Insight Timer (one of my favourite mindfulness resources).