Mindfulness is a skill we need to practice to develop. Just as
learning a musical instrument takes time, effort and practice, so too does the development of mindfulness.
Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, without judgement.
How do we become mindful? Through the mental act of bringing
to mind. ‘How do I know I’m breathing?’
‘Can I feel my bottom on the chair, my feet on
the floor?’ No thinking required. Just direct experience.
Mindfulness is not just being aware. There is also that
aspect of mindfulness that guides the awareness on to specific
areas, remembers the instructions and initiates a response. For
example, suppose you were a wealthy person with a security
man guarding your mansion. One evening, before going out,
you tell the security man to be mindful of burglars. When you
return home, you find your house has been burgled. Your security guard explains that he gave attention to the burglars as they broke in, and was clearly attentive as they walked out with your digital T.V. and state-of-the-art sound system. He mindfully watched them go in several times, and his mind did not wander as he observed them going out with all your antique furniture and priceless jewellery! (anecdote courtesy of Ajahn Brahm)
The Purpose is to live fully in the present, to connect, to wake up out of
reactivity or automatic behaviours. A useful question
to pose occasionally during your day – “How present am I now?”
Cost: $80 a 1 hour session or 6 session course: $360