• Dr Jodie Bradnam

This is what is

On Sunday evenings I often retreat into a quiet panic about just how much has to be done in the days ahead. Then as Monday dawns, I’m tired. I feel like I’m behind before I begin. I know I’m not alone and maybe this is where mindfulness offers us a reprieve.

Mindfulness is an invitation to pause, to quiet the endless chatter of our thoughts and to become aware of how often we are doing and achieving instead of being and sensing. Mindfulness shifts us from a scarcity mindset - not enough time, resources or energy - to a present focus. It’s the acceptance of what we have, rather than what we don’t have, that allows us to shift into action.

Mindfulness and curiousity go hand in hand. When we pay attention to our senses - notice what we can see, hear, taste, touch and smell - we connect with the present moment. We connect with “what is”. From presence, rather than scarcity, we can begin.

Our lives are always speaking to us, but are we listening?