treefacesIn today’s hectic environment where we all appear to be time starved, our thoughts tend to centre on things that have happened or things that are going to happen. We are so busy that we only glance at life as it passes us by while we live in the past or the future.

Life happens in the present. There are only two days in your life  you cannot do anything…yesterday and tomorrow.

Today…now…is all that counts. How present are you?

Did you breeze past the tree up above and miss all the people in it? All ten of them?

Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of what is happening at the moment, taking notice of it and allowing yourself to investigate it further or move on without attachment. It is a modern adaptation of ancient practices developed over 2,500 years ago by Buddhist and Yogic communities. It is developed using a form of meditation. Meditation is common in all cultures and to all religious practices and they practice it in many differing ways. It is especially well known as being from the Buddhist and Yoga communities.

Mindfulness does not require a formal religious affiliation, it can be used equally well in a secular environment. It does, in my opinion, require the practitioner to ascribe to knowing that there is a greater force within or outwith us that we do not fully know or understand. In this way it is an examination of yourself and so may have a spiritual effect for you.

There are many resources available to learn about mindfulness and/or meditation. I facilitate learning in short and long programmes. These are based on self-examination (self-coaching), moments of change coaching, stress management and wellbeing. My programmes are available for individuals and groups/companies. Contact me here or call me on +44 (0) 7545 855324 for more information.

Steve McNulty