PEACE OF MIND

Country Living (UK) - - Contents - Words by lucy dim­by­low

Au­tumn is the ideal sea­son to slow down and ap­pre­ci­ate the here and now by dis­cov­er­ing the many health ben­e­fits of mind­ful­ness and med­i­ta­tion

Au­tumn is the ideal sea­son to slow down and ap­pre­ci­ate the here and now, so dis­cover the health ben­e­fits of mind­ful­ness and med­i­ta­tion

THE RUS­TLE of walk­ing through crisp au­tumn leaves; the glit­ter­ing sparkle from frost-en­crusted seed heads on a cold, bright morn­ing; or the mists cir­cling and pool­ing around grass and heath­land – au­tumn is a feast for the senses. It’s also the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to still our minds, take stock of what’s around us, and to ex­pe­ri­ence mind­ful­ness – a form of med­i­ta­tion that not only keeps us grounded but may also im­prove our men­tal and phys­i­cal health. “Mind­ful­ness and med­i­ta­tion can help to calm mind and body, but whereas tra­di­tional meth­ods of med­i­ta­tion in­volve clear­ing away dis­trac­tions, mind­ful­ness is about train­ing your­self to be­come more aware of thoughts and feel­ings,” ex­plains Joanna Carson, who leads the Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion’s Be Mind­ful cam­paign (be­mind­ful.co.uk). “It can be viewed as zon­ing in, rather than zon­ing out, help­ing us be­come more in tune with our emo­tions.”

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