You may have seen the gazillion books and courses out there about Mindfulness. But what actually IS it? What’s all the fuss about? Do you need expensive equipment? And alter? A statue? A totally white room and matching outfit? (erm – no)
In this mini-course I’ll give you a simple and practical introduction to mindfulness including some of the basic meditations and resources for where you can find out more if you want a deeper dive.
What Is Mindfulness?
Introduction To Meditation - some common questions answered
The Body Scan Meditation
3 Minute Breathing Space Meditation
1 Minute Meditation
Recommended Additional Mindfulness Resources:
This is the course that helped me to develop the meditation habit (and still helps me to reconnect when I fall off the wagon) https://wisdomheart.com/meditation-habit
There are a bazillion books on mindfulness. Here are just a few that I’ve read and recommend for beginnings.
Mindfulness – how to find peace in a frantic world By Prof Mark Williams and Danny Penman – my go-to book. It’s basically the 8-week mindfulness course developed by Oxford University (among others) in book form, complete with meditation downloads and exercises. Comprehensive with a good mix of science and practicality. I’ve genuinely lost count of how many copies of this I’ve given to people.
Mindfulness for Health: A practical guide to relieving pain, reducing stress and restoring wellbeing by Dr Danny Penman and Vidyamala Burch. This book has proven to be helpful to those experiencing health conditions and chronic pain and is based on research that came out of the original study at Oxford University.
Mindfulness on the Go: Includes 52 cards and a 64-page illustrated book, all in a flip-top box with an easel to display your mindfulness cards by Anna Black. I really like this cute little set and often give it as a gift to organizations I go into to teach mindfulness. It’s a nice little reminder to have on a desk with happy little reminders to take a moment or two to be in the moment!
Anything by Pema Chodron. Seriously. Anything.