Mindfulness sounds simple to learn but is surprisingly hard to do and takes commitment and practise to reap rewards. Therefore we have been slotting in short mindfulness sessions at the beginning of each working day in the garden where we can.

Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, with compassion, and open-hearted curiosity. Through practice, we discover how to live in the present moment rather than over thinking issues/ brooding about the past or worrying about the future.

Mindfulness has deep roots in ancient meditation practices but also draws on recent scientific advances and holds potential benefits for everyone. Research shows that people who have learned mindfulness:

  • Experience long-lasting physical and psychological stress reduction
  • Discover positive changes in their well-being
  • Are less likely to get stuck in depression and exhaustion, and are better able to control addictive behaviour.
  • Report increased kindness and compassion to others
  • Have better physical health due to a reduction in blood pressure and cortisol levels
  • Experience increased cognitive performance

The response from our volunteers about the sessions has been great and we will continue to develop this service as part of our commitment to improving the wellbeing of all who come here.

Sylvie, a volunteer at Livability Holton Lee, said:

‘The mindfulness sessions have really helped me, I have felt calmer and loud noises don’t bother me so much.’

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