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Mindfulness Course – CBD

MINDFULNESS, WHAT IS IT? bonsai tree on rock in lake
Mindfulness has become such buzzword in recent years.

It’s actually an ancient practice that has its roots in the Samkhya eastern philosophy some 3000 years ago (which has its roots in the Vedas, or teachings handed down by a Divine power). Yogic philosophy formed from the Samkhya teachings before Buddhism existed, so in truth, ‘mindfulness’ was originally presented as a yogic view of the world.

However as both yoga and Buddhism draw from the Samkhya roots, their teachings are often similar, although their conceptual languages differ.

People generally regard yoga as a physical practice, but yogic practice has many elements (ethical living principles, sound, visualisation, breath, concentration practices, philosophy/psychology …) and all of it is offered as a path to quieten the mind.

Modern science has conducted wonderful research to explain why the mindfulness practices work in a physical way. And more and more credence is being given to the mind/body connection as a powerful healing one.

Ultimately though, the benefit of mindfulness comes from the experience, not mere knowledge. While the practices are easy to learn, they do require discipline  and consistent application to create meaningful change. Still…

All beginnings, all intentions and steps toward a more aware life, are mighty useful ones 🙂

The next 6-week Mindfulness & Relaxation course begins Wed 17 February. 

Liv Mitchell

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Liv Mitchell is a senior teacher of yoga, mindfulness and a freelance writer.

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