“Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment. It is being in tune with your thoughts and emotions as they happen. It is about being reconnected with yourself and the sights, sounds and all the other senses we experience in every day life.
Andy Puddicombe, creator of Headspace, says: “our minds are lost in thought almost 47 percent of the time. 47 percent. At the same time, this sort of constant mind-wandering is also a direct cause of unhappiness.” (TED talk, 2012). We spend so much of our time thinking about the future, or worrying about the past, thinking about the little things that make up our every day lives that we forget to be present in what is happening right now. These thoughts can lead to feelings of depression, anxiety and generally not feeling content within ourselves.
It is easy for our thoughts to spiral – a negative thought can lead to more, convincing ourselves we are not good enough or perhaps reliving unhappy memories. Mindfulness teaches you to recognise these unhappy thoughts and feelings; sit with them for a while and watch them disappear.