What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness has its origins in Eastern contemplative practices but has evolved into an approach now recognised as being of benefit within a wide range of health and education settings and within the community generally.
Mindfulness involves being aware of and accepting the full experience of life as it unfolds, involving all our senses, thoughts and emotions. Heartfulness is an essential component which, when combined with mindfulness, brings the vital element of a kind and gentle attitude toward oneself and others.
Some attempts to define Mindfulness...
'The art of conscious living.' (Jon Kabat-Zinn)
'The awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.'
'You are the sky. Everything else - it's just the weather.' (Pema Chodron)
'When you hear the word Mindfulness, you have to understand that it is presence of heart.' (Jon Kabat-Zinn)
The Chinese character for Mindfulness below combines the two symbols: presence and heart.
Words from Barb and Tina regarding teaching Compassion-based Mindfulness:
We are passionate about creating and teaching Compassion-based Mindfulness to people of all ages and all walks of life. Our belief is that all things are truly workable, and that there is a lot more right with people than wrong with them, no matter how stuck we might feel. We creatively deliver our teachings with heartfelt presence, humour and authenticity. We are committed to assisting people to care for themselves and each other - benefiting our community and our world. So start your journey of greater awareness and compassion here, in this very moment.