‘We all remember how great it was to run around freely at the age of 5. Now that we are older, we no longer tend to be focused on the present, but more on the future – and our worries about how we will manage when we get there.
With mindfulness we learn to stop being unkind to ourselves and to focus instead on where we are right now, without trying to change it. It is an ancient tradition and in a nutshell it refers to moment to moment non-judgemental awareness that is cultivated by simply being fully present and kind to ourselves. Practised daily (or even now and then!) mindfulness ultimately becomes a way of life and not just a form of therapy.’
This is an extract from an article in the magazine ‘Joint Ability’. Mindfulness, or living in the now, is being used successfully by Jon Kabat-Zin for dealing with pain and chronic illness, both of which obviously cause stress. But living in the now can be used by all of us who hanker after a happier, more contented and less stressful existence. It is simple but not easy! So if you choose to try it out, remember to be kind and gentle with yourself.