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  • Mindfulness FAQ
  • How does mindfulness work?

    "Mindfulness can be applied in a number of different ways but it involves focusing on things in a purposeful way. And if you think about how we typically operate, we tend to do a lot of things in autopilot simply because we've got too many things to do and we're very familiar with the things that we do. And because of that, we tend to apply it to the stress part of the brain which likes that kind of behaviour. So when you start to notice small things like for example the things around you on the journey to work or even just slowing down or really noticing the food that you eat. Things like this actually interrupt the stress response and also help to make us more appreciative of the things that we do have.

  • How do you learn mindfulness?

    Mindfulness can be a very challenging discipline, to begin with. Because it involves slowing down and paying focused attention to things. For most of us, we're very used to multi-tasking and operating at pace and so that can be very frustrating, to begin with. But what I would say to people is that it is almost counterintuitive. The more difficult you find it, actually the more value there is for you in doing that process. And the more you do it, the easier it will become.

  • Is mindfulness religious?

    Mindfulness has its origins in religion, Buddhism in particular, but it has now been adapted to be used in a whole range of different settings which have no religious connotations whatsoever. It's increasingly popular in sports, but also business as well.

  • What are the benefits to mindfulness?

    There's a huge range of benefits from practising mindfulness. These include increased concentration, reduced stress, and better relationships with other people.

  • What are the techniques to becoming more mindful?

    There are lots of techniques that can help you to become better at applying mindfulness. But the most obvious ones involve focusing on your breath and noticing it. Almost as though you are an alien who's never encountered breathing before. Or perhaps also applying a different attitude to everyday experiences like taking a shower, having a meal, the journey to work. All these kinds of things we can apply a range of different attitudes to them, and as a result get a very different experience. That can also help us to interrupt some of those typical, negative, unhelpful thoughts that often creep into our mind.

  • What is mindfulness?

    In a nutshell, mindfulness is revisiting that childhood innocence that we once had where small details hold great fascination. And as adults, we get so busy and also so world weary that we often negate these things that actually bring a lot of pleasure but also help to interrupt the typical stress response that each of us experience from day to day.

  • What is the difference between mindfulness and meditation?

    There's a lot of similarities between mindfulness and meditation, but the main difference is that meditation tends to involve very formalised exercises that involve removing yourself from typical everyday situations. Whereas with mindfulness, it can be all of those things, but it's more about how do you apply a different attitude to the things that you do anyway, in order to improve your experience of everyday life?