The Mindfulness Tree is devoted to sharing mindfulness-based resources for wellbeing. Founded by Michael Roberts, we offer a range of courses, workshops and drop-in sessions to help individuals cope with the ever-growing stresses of everyday life.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the art of showing up for our lives. Described by Jon Kabat-Zinn as paying attention on purpose, in the present-moment and without judgement, mindfulness is plain and simple awareness of what’s happening around and within us. Much of the time, we are not present for our lives – we are ruminating over the past, or worrying about the future. Yet all our furious planning and all our enormous “to-do” lists mean nothing if we cannot be present. To practice mindfulness is to practice this – it is to re-connect with the actual contents of our lives as they happen. Mindfulness is not about what should be or what might be, but what is.
Through cultivating mindfulness we can stop living on auto-pilot and start to appreciate the beauty of what’s already here.
We practice mindfulness by systematically returning our attention to different aspects of our bodies and our experiences, with an attitude of curiosity, acceptance and gratitude.
We at The Mindfulness Tree believe that there are many ways to develop mindfulness – many branches through which it can manifest. We aim to share a broad variety of practices and approaches here, so individuals can find those best suiting their own situation and character.
What are the benefits of mindfulness?
Research suggests that practicing mindfulness can:
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Promote physical and psychological well-being
- Develop emotional resilience
- Increase focus
- Reduce blood pressure
- Promote compassion for self and others
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