At the same time, it is very hard to capture into words. So much has already been said about it in countless talks and books, that I will only offer a few personal reflections here.
By practicing mindfulness, we become more aware of ourselves and the world around us. We become more awake, more present. It helps us to enjoy life more and be more in touch with what truly matters to us.
For instance, I vividly remember my first mindful autumn. I experienced the magnificent beauty of the different colours for the first time and was able to truly enjoy the golden autumn leaves. All those years before, this wonder of nature had never caught my attention. It felt as if I had been sleeping.
Mindfulness is often associated with stress, depression, and burn-out. It is true that practicing mindfulness can alleviate these and other forms of suffering. A lot of scientific research has been done in this area (*).
At the same time, mindfulness is a lot more than a treatment or remedy. Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the 8-week mindfulness training and a scientist himself, puts it quite poignantly:
“When all is said and done, we’re not doing this for our brains (…)
I would say that the motivation for doing this is to not miss your life.”
Like I said, mindfulness cannot be put into words. It is something to be experienced, to be practiced, and ironically enough: to be done. I would love to accompany you on this journey. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced meditator, feel free to come to the workshops and other activities I organise.
(*) You can find an overview of scientific research about mindfulness on the website of the American Mindfulness Research Association.