THE IMPORTANCE OF MINDFULNESS
Whether you suffer from mental health challenges or not, practising mindfulness can help you enjoy your work and life more, becoming more creative and productive. And Londonbased designer-entrepreneur Catalin Zorzini, who recently launched the free mindfulness app Plum Village (www. plumvillage.app), is a keen advocate.
“Thanks to applying some basic mindfulness techniques, like focusing on my breath, which started to reveal my thinking patterns, I managed to uncover my deep-rooted anxiety and become friends with it, as well as learning to pause and rest on pleasant feelings and emotions,” he explains. “It’s a long story and a work in progress, but I am happy to report that the simple act of watching your breath can have a tremendous impact on your life and work.”
It can help to find a physical space in which to mentally refocus, although that’s not always possible, especially in a big city. “There are times in London when we find it hard just to hear our own thoughts,” says Lee Trott, copywriter at creative agency OLIVER. “But recently, my sister Jade and I discovered the Neasden Temple. It’s the most incredible building in all of London: a stunning, brilliant white Hindu temple.
“Having such a calm space to clear our thoughts and centre ourselves has done wonders for our work and our minds. You really can’t put a price on having a totally silent, beautiful space to find yourself.”