Many of us would like to slow down and be less affected by the buffetings of daily life, we may try to be calmer and more relaxed but find that it is not easy.
Mindfulness is something that can help, it is very simple and yet very profound. When we practice mindfulness, we pay attention to what is happening in the present moment, and try to accept whatever is happening there, without judgement. It is a natural state of mind, focused and aware, deeply tuned into ourselves, our environment and those around us. As such, it involves being neither in the future nor in the past. It frees us from the constant struggle to either change the way things are that we don't like, or to try to hold on to those things that we do like. It can literally bring us to our senses and allow us to live more fully, day by day. More information is available in my booklet, Mindfulness, an Introduction.
If you would like to learn more then I would recommend my colleague at Riverside Wellbeing, Bob Chiang www.riversidewellbeing.com/pages/collective.php#Bob who also facilitates a weekly practice group in Whaley Bridge. Alternatively, there are a couple of websites which may be useful: the Mindfulness Compassion Partnership facititate events locally (themindfulcompassionpartnership.uk) and the site for Mindfulness- Based Approaches (bamba.org.uk) allows you to search for mindfulness teachers near to you.