Mindfulness is nothing new, it’s always been there. You only need to watch a child doing a simple task like making a mud pie. They are completely focused on that one task, they’re not worrying about that email they forgot to send or what’s for dinner, the only thing on their mind is mud. How the mud feels, how it looks and probably how they can make it even muddier! In today’s world we are bombarded constantly with noise, from our phones, tv, emails, adverts or that never-ending list of chores. We are always trying to multi-task as we think it is the most efficient way to work – and yes sometimes it is, but it is not always the best thing for us.
Sometimes we need to slow down, take a moment and focus our entire self on one thing and one thing only. Have you tried it? Its hard! Like when it comes to bedtime, how often do we find ourselves thinking about what we should have done that day or what we need to do tomorrow, when really we should be drifting off to the land of nod. We seem to be afraid of silence and it takes practice to completely let go of everything else and concentrate on one thing. Mindfulness can have such a positive impact on our wellbeing – but who has the time? Well that’s another problem!