“Knowing what is happening, while it is happening, without preference”
Rob Nairn, Diamond Mind
Mindfulness is a secular practice underpinned with a scientific evidence base which has a history in contemplative wisdom. Mindfulness practice builds on our innate ability to be fully aware of our moment to moment experience without judgement.
Developing Mindfulness skills enables us to be resilient and kind people able to live our lives in a meaningful and compassionate way. Mindfulness is a practical skill; we learn to pay attention, to become aware of our moment to moment experience with an attitude of curiosity, notice habitual reactions, develop our ability to step back and pause, which enables us to make wise and helpful choices moving forward.
Through mindfulness practices we learn what triggers our “tricky” brain into over reaction, we begin to notice our habitual responses and we can therefore develop skills to calm our unhelpful reactivity enabling us to wisely choose our next actions.
“We waste so much energy trying to cover up who we are when beneath every attitude is the want to be loved, and beneath every anger is a wound to be healed and beneath every sadness is the fear that there will not be enough time.”
Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have