Developing awareness in thought, speech and action.
Assisting children to be more mindful of their thoughts, words and actions helps them develop empathy, self-awareness and confidence.
Mindfulness practice is essentially about focused attention on the present moment, leading to a heightened awareness of one’s self and the world around us. Through the practice of mindfulness we are able to achieve stillness and space within ourselves, counteracting the force of incessant thoughts with wise and considered action rather than impulsive behaviour.
Mindfulness can be practised through silent or guided meditation (using a mantra, focusing on the breath or the sounds or objects around us), through focused physical activity and, most importantly, as part of our daily lives through our interactions with others and the world around us.
Regular mindfulness practice can help us ‘step back’ from situations and act with clarity, wisdom and perspective, rather than simply reacting in the heat of the moment. We are more able to focus on solutions rather than problems and to manage conflict and stress more effectively. This enables us to think and act with more awareness rather than just functioning and getting by.
The positive effects of mindfulness are grounded not only in spiritual tradition, but in scientific fact. Whilst rooted in Buddhist philosophy, the practice of mindfulness is not dependent on a religious belief system. It is increasingly recognised in western psychology as an effective way of reducing stress and enhancing focus, self-awareness and emotional well-being.
“...the ultimate enemies; they are not outside, but within, and must be fought with the weapons of wisdom and concentration.”
~ His Holiness The Dalai Lama