'We don't meditate to get better at meditating, we meditate to get better at life' - Sharon Salzberg
Mindfulness is the process of bringing attention to experiences occurring in the present moment. By training in attention, in a particular way, mindfulness helps us to notice and relate to our body, thoughts and difficulties in a different way, so that we can respond to the demands of life with more acceptance, freedom and ease.
There is a huge body of research to show that mindfulness training is effective in alleviating symptoms of stress and anxiety, and low mood. It can help to cultivate better habits, manage difficult thoughts, overthinking, and emotional reactivity, and can provide improved sleep and immune function, improved productivity, decision-making and creativity, and more joy and happiness overall.
*Please note, while mindfulness training can be considered an effective adjunct treatment for certain mental and physical health issues, this should not be treated as a replacement for therapy or other health care interventions.