As proud promoters of wellness, we attended The Mindful Living Show last week, a two-day exhibition bringing peace to the heart of London. Dedicated to mindfulness and meditation, its mantra ‘time for the mind’ was a reminder that mindfulness is more than just a passing trend but an important lifestyle choice which improves our everyday wellbeing.
The show featured quiet spaces, restorative practises, mindful movement and creative activities, and was joined by over 150 leading speakers, all helping visitors to reconsider and rebalance. Speakers included astrologer Russell Grant, author Vindyamala Burch and comedian Russell Brand who centred his talk on mental health:
“If I wake up feeling anxious, irritated and angry, once I recognise it, I then have to acknowledge that it’s not necessary to live like that. People take drugs or drink or consume in order to feel happy, but feeling happy is a spiritual situation.”
“I have given up the idea that I can make myself happy through success or fame or money or any material things.” – Russell Brand
The ultimate message was to find happiness internally, through authentic self-fulfilment. Meditative practises are proven to help with this, slowing thoughts down and helping us to concentrate on the present moment.
In essence, mindfulness interrupts our instinctive fight and flight reaction, which can conjure unnecessary feelings of fear and worry, and helps us to reconnect with our senses. The show’s Health & Science Theatre helped us to better understand the science behind the practise.
Andy Puddicombe, co-founder of meditation app Headspace recently explained that though meditation has become mainstream in recent years, it has been around for more than two and a half thousand years:
“There were no mobile phones then, there was no social media. Right now, the pace and the intensity of life is that much greater.” – Andy Puddicombe
Puddicombe believes our always-on, digital culture is prompting us to try and find calm, and while apps such as Headspace make this option more accessible, it’s ironic that we are looking to the digital space to turn inwards.
Everyone that we spoke to at The Mindful Living Show expressed concern about using mobiles and wi-fi and the vast majority said that they often struggle to sleep.
Whilst carving out ’me time’ is key to better mental health, mindfulness doesn’t need to be allocated or timed. It is simply about avoiding an auto-pilot mode and being aware of the here and now – making mindful choices which benefit us.
Mindfulness can be as simple as taking deep breaths, eating meals slower, listening more attentively, or noticing colours, sights and sounds; all are small changes which can help to anchor our thoughts and live more fulfilling lives.
“Mindfulness definitely created an environment in which I could cope. I felt I could live again and I felt a lot lighter than I had beforehand.” – Andy Puddicombe
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