Mindfulness is a form of meditation. Meditation? Maybe you’ve heard (or said) this one before: “I’ve tried to meditate, but I find it too hard to empty my mind of my thoughts…” Here’s a secret – so does the Dalai Lama! Luckily, ridding yourself of thought isn’t actually the point of meditation.

According to the internet’s #1 know-it-all (Wikipedia), mindfulness is “the intentional, accepting and non-judgmental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment, which can be trained by meditational practices.”  See! Mindfulness meditation isn’t about eliminating your thoughts, it’s about understanding them.  Essentially, mindfulness feels a lot like making a new best friend – but that new best friend is you!

Consider this, life is crazy. Really crazy. I know I’ve had times when I feel like there is so much going on around me, within me, or by me that I don’t know whether to scratch my watch or wind my bottom! In fact, most of us feel that way a lot of the time, and for most people it makes us feel stressed, or lonely, or tired, or fearful, or uninspired or some of us even feel pretty angry or down because of it.

BUT – many of can also remember a time when life didn’t move quite so fast. When we were children we lived in the moment and for the moment. We were fully ourselves. We let our imagination soar and all we saw was possibility. Life just felt easy and we felt loved, connected, curious, courageous and just plain happy.

Mindfulness meditation is a way to get back to that second mindset, but it isn’t by changing our circumstances, it’s by shifting our thinking.

Plus, what’s really impressive about mindfulness meditation is the physical difference it can have.  Essentially, mindfulness will help you re-wire your brain so the good thoughts flow more freely and the ones that don’t really serve us start to fade away.  Plus, mindfulness can help with stress, emotional health and disease resistance and it can even help you be more focused and perform better at work or with others.

Sound like a miracle cure?  Well it kind of is… except it takes lots and lots of practice to work, so don’t think it comes easy.  Curious? Click here to read about the various Mindfulness Classes available or contact Kernel of Wisdom’s mindfulness teacher, Joelle, here: joelle@kernelofwisdom.ca.