What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is about bringing conscious awareness to the present moment experience. It enables us to make choices and to respond to life in a way that is in line with our intentions and values. It can help to bring perspective to a situation. More broadly, it takes us out of our habitual patterns of thinking and into a way of being. Many of us identify ourselves as our thoughts. Mindfulness helps to us open up a wider awareness, where we can see that thoughts are just mental events – just part of our experience like the sounds that we hear or the things that we see.
Mindfulness and Nature Connection
You could certainly experience nature connection without having a meditation practice. In fact, I have found that nature connection is a wonderful route to mindfulness for people who have difficulties with meditation. However, our minds can be busy turbulent places at times and it can be easy to get caught up in the “Velcro” of some of the more tricky/believable thoughts. In this frame of mind, I find I have to go for a very long walk before it starts to loosen. The alternative, which works just as effectively, is to spend a few mindful moments, using the tools I have learned as part of my mindfulness practice.
There are a number of wonderful apps such as Headspace or Insight Timer, which can get you started with mindfulness.
There are now many books, including Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Williams and Penman, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, and Mindfulness for Dummies by Shamash Alidina.
Contact us using the form below to find out about mindfulness courses and resources. You can also check out the book co-authored by Clare “Mindfulness for Challenging Times”