The five essential elements of mindfulness meditation and relaxation 

1. Don't have any expectations Don't expect that you will become relaxed; don't expect that you will slow and quieten your thoughts. Mindfulness meditation is about being open to change and being aware of it if and when it happens, but don't expect change. Expecting will limit possibilities and sets oneself up for disappointment. 2. … Continue reading The five essential elements of mindfulness meditation and relaxation 

The foreground and the background of mindfulness

During a mindfulness meditation we bring our attention to a variety of things: thoughts, sounds, the breath, sensations in the body, emotions. We hold these things in the foreground of our awareness. It is important during mindfulness practise to not create a tension between what we are holding in the foreground of our attention and … Continue reading The foreground and the background of mindfulness

Taking opportunities for everyday mindful moments

Don't wait until you have the time and space to sit down to practise mindfulness; there are innumerable opportunities available everyday to experience mindful moments. A mindful moment is simply spending a few seconds at any point during the day to consciously connect with the present through one or more of your senses. When sitting … Continue reading Taking opportunities for everyday mindful moments

To visualise or not to visualise: can visualisation meditation be seen as a mindfulness practise?

One of the reasons I am drawn to mindfulness is that I never really found visualisation that useful. I struggled with seeing clear internal images, wouldn't be necessarily interested in the scenarios offered by guided visualisations, and had no enthusiasm for creating my own. I feel much more at home simply connecting to the actual … Continue reading To visualise or not to visualise: can visualisation meditation be seen as a mindfulness practise?