I’ve met so many amazing people on my health journey but one of the people that has stood out most is Charlie. She is the most beautiful, inspiring yoga teacher and her positive energy is so infectious. One of the things that I love most about her is that she makes healthy living feel accessible but even more importantly she makes it seem fun and exciting. Talking to her about mindfulness was especially interesting though so I asked her if she’d share a few of her thoughts with you all too, I hope you’re inspired by her as much as I am! Over to Charlie…
Not that long ago, mindfulness was seen as a suspicious, new age fad. Perhaps something just for hippies or those who had too much spare time on their hands to twiddle their thumbs and contemplate their navels.
Today, mindfulness has turned a massive corner and now has a strong presence in bookstores, newspaper articles, magazines, live talk shows and there are even dedicated apps for it. All in all, it has become as popular and is now seen ‘as normal’ as going for a jog in the park! And no, this isn’t because people have stopped working so hard and are kicking back. In fact, quite the opposite. All kinds of people are practicing it these days. From school children as young as 3 years old, businessmen, academics, politicians and educationalists, just to name a few. All of whom are clocking onto what is it is actually about and how life changing it really can be!
Mindfulness is a tradition that is thousands of years old and is often regarded as ‘the heart of Buddhist meditation’. However, the essence of it, which is awareness and attention, is universal and is taught independently of religion. It is simply a way of being.