Why be Mindful?

There's nothing mystical about mindfulness. To be mindful simply means to be aware and engage with what's happening right now. It's about being in the moment.

If you've ever become absorbed in a crossword puzzle or a board game, sung your heart out or “lost” yourself in a book or a film, a letter you were writing or work that you were doing – then you've experienced mindfulness; you've been totally in the moment.

Children are great role models for being in the moment. Watch a child as he plays; he's not thinking about what happened yesterday, or what he's going to do later today. He's simply absorbed in what he's drawing, making or pretending to be. When he's upset, he yells and cries – nothing else matters but what has upset ...

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