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Mindfulness can be learned by everyone. It is not limited to any particular type of person. Anyone can decide that they wish to be more present for their lives.
Sometimes people want to learn mindfulness in order to face a particular difficulty in their lives. But it is not necessary to wait until we are suffering to learn mindfulness; in fact, it can be easier to learn it at times of relative calm.
Some of the difficulties that people have brought to courses at Present Minds are:
- Anxiety and worry
- Work/family stress
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Eating disorders
- Panic attacks
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Skin disorders
Many times it is not just the illness or the difficulty that causes problems for us. Often it is the thoughts that accompany it that are far more problematic. Thoughts such as “Will I always suffer with this?” “Why me?” “How can I solve this?” “I don’t want to feel like this”. The good news is that these are all thoughts that we learn to be aware of, and can then deliberately turn our attention towards what is present for us – in the body, our emotions, what we see, hear, smell, and taste. And in taking in all these details of our experience, we haven’t pushed away our thoughts, but they do naturally diminish.
Mindfulness is for everyone, and there’s no need to subscribe to any particular belief system to benefit from the secular mindfulness practices taught by Present Minds.