Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally - Kabat-Zinn
We had another enjoyable and educational evening at LGT thanks to our wonderful Blue Mountains Women’s Health Centre Counsellor, Jenny Gill.
Jenny began by explaining some of the science and physiology of the brain in a way that made it easy to understand that how we think impacts the way we feel.
We practised three types of mindfulness - two of them lead by Jenny in her quiet and peaceful voice and a third using an object from nature as our focus. All three methods demonstrated how easy it is practise mindfulness and the positive impact it has on how we feel in such a short time.
It was joyful to tap into our inner child and really see natural objects with the wonder that children have at seeing, listening, feeling and experiencing something for the first time.
Jenny also gave us an art therapy exercise that really highlighted the positive impact mindfulness had on every one of us. Each woman in the room created a much more serene pictorial interpretation of how she felt at the end of the evening than the initial drawings. It really demonstrated, that although issues were still there, they no longer held the strong emotions and negative impact they had at the beginning of the evening.
Some of us enjoy sharing the experience of mindfulness with others; some prefer solitude and nature to help them focus on the present moment. There is no right or wrong way to be mindful, but it was apparent that everyone could benefit from being mindful.
Thank you, Jenny Gill for showing us how easy it is to be mindful and the positive effect it has on our psyche.