Why Mindfulness?

I’m preparing this morning for the start of another Mindfulness and Yoga class and thinking about the impact of this practice on my life. Mindfulness is the practice of attending deeply and exclusively to the present moment or task, no matter how dull or exciting it might be. It means committing to staying present mentally, and redirecting your attention when it begins to wander. In Thich Nhat Hanh’s The Miracle of Mindfulness, he describes this process as “washing the dishes to wash the dishes”. And not washing the dishes so you can get it out of the way and move on to having your tea. Mindfulness is simple, in the sense that it can be practiced anywhere, at any time. All you need to do is notice all that you can about the present moment.  Read More