Mindfulness is a simple practice that can enable you to discover much more about yourself and how you respond to the stresses and strains of life. Whether you are new to Mindfulness or have already experienced the many benefits of regular practice, here at the University of Lincoln there’s something for everyone.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is often described as ‘being aware of the present moment without wishing it were different’. It is a simple practice that can enable you to discover much more about yourself and how you respond to the stresses and strains of life, especially when things are busy, you’re under pressure or you just need a little space in your thoughts and your day.

What are the known benefits?

People most commonly delve into mindfulness in order to calm the mind, relax the body, and to decrease symptoms of stress and anxiousness. However, it can also be useful for improving focus or as a basis for personal change. The wide ranging benefits of the regular practice of mindfulness meditations and the adoption of a mindful outlook are also known to include increased emotional intelligence, empathy and self regulation, facilitating more effective communication and helping with such things as conflict and change.

Meet the trainer

Having worked in project management, staff development and training for several years, I had immersed myself in long hours, full schedules and stressful responsibilities. Although I had found personal mediation and Tai Chi practice to be extremely helpful, it was the birth of my daughter, the sleeping difficulties she faced and the subsequent craniosacral treatment she received that led me on the path to Mindfulness.

Now, almost 17 years on, I am a practicing therapist, mindfulness teacher and trainer, and I continue to discover, first-hand, the enormous personal and therapeutic benefits of becoming aware of the potential of the present moment and how developing awareness of what we do, think and feel, in the here and now, can enable us to break the habits of mind and body that restrict us and instead, create those that nourish, sustain and expand our horizons.

To me, mindfulness is a broad canvass, full of potential, colour and richness, offering the opportunity of self-reflection, self-awareness, greater emotional resilience, calmness, focus and resolve. From short taster inspiring ideas and exercises, to deep, long-term meditation practice, there’s something for anyone who wants to explore the possibility of change.

John Armitage