What Is Mindfulness?
“Put simply, it’s about learning to pay attention, rather than get caught up in an endless loop of thinking.” Says Ruby Wax.
It sounds easy enough, but as she explains, it’s harder than it sounds.
“We’re told to pay attention, especially as children, but we have no instructions on how exactly to go about it.
“Mindfulness is being able to stand back and observe your thoughts. As with any skill, you have to practice.”
So what health benefits can mindfulness give you? Ruby explains that by lowering levels of the stress hormone cortisol, mindfulness has numerous benefits.
“You practice taking your focus to one of your senses; taste, sound, touch, whatever. As soon as you focus on that sense, stress hormones shut off, your heart beat slows and steadies, your blood pressure lowers. Mindfulness is about taking over the wheel and being the driver rather than the driven.”