People these days have more distractions than ever before – work, family, social networks, bombardment with information and multi media.
If you’ve ever opened a bar of chocolate and then looked down to see that you’ve eaten the whole thing without noticing or set out on a Sunday drive and suddenly arrived with little memory of the journey, you will know what it feels like to be on “autopilot”. In this state we mechanically carry out tasks without engaging with them in any meaningful way. This can be distracting, disorienting and, sometimes, dangerous.
Mindfulness is a technique whereby people learn to operate more “in the moment”, using techniques based on meditation to help you to pay attention to the task at hand and better manage unwanted distractions.
You can find some mindfulness exercises in the audio section of the website and, if you want to find out more about how you can be more mindful in your everyday life, you can find some further reading here:
Full Catastrophe Living, Jon Kabat Zinn (1990, 2013)
Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman (2014)