Have any of you heard about Mindfulness?
If not, let me introduce you to The London Mindfulness Project…
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a simple and very powerful practice of training our
attention. It’s simple in that it’s really just about paying attention
to what’s happening here and now (i.e. sensations, thoughts, and
emotions) in a non-judgemental way. It’s powerful because it can
interrupt the habit of getting lost in thoughts, mostly about the
future or past, which often generates more stress on top of the real
pressures of everyday life
How did The London Mindfulness Project begin?
While studying psychology, I discovered that there was a growing secular mindfulness movement with a very evidence-based approach, which appealed to me as a natural skeptic. It was immediately clear to me that I wanted to: a) practice mindfulness for the rest of my life and b) share it with other people. At the time, I wished for my own practice that there had been a dedicated space to learn more, practice and meet other fellow meditators. So in late 2012, I decided I wanted to set that up. At about the same time, Autumn, an old friend from university reconnected with me wanting to learn more about mindfulness. So while I taught her mindfulness, she started helping me with the business plan for the project. That was two years ago.
How did you get it off the ground?
It really started to come together once we engaged our identity designers and started reaching out to teachers. It was really important to have the right teachers on our team. And we definitely have that now – our team is an amazing. We have 8 regular teachers delivering 8-week courses and other visiting teachers. All of them share our passion for spreading mindfulness and are really doing a great job of making it accessible and relevant for the participants, who take our courses. We are so grateful to be able to work with such amazing people.
How did you find the space that you work from?
The space search was a challenge. It was so hard to find a space that suited our image and had the required planning permission. We were incredibly lucky to find this place in the end. To be offering mindfulness in a Georgian townhouse overlooking a garden square in Central London is a just amazing and we don’t take it for granted that so many factors conspired together to make it work. The timing was just right.
If someone wanted to learn Mindfulness for the first time what would you say to do?
I would genuinely recommend an 8 week course. All the evidence shows that it works. You have a group, a teacher and you commit to it for a time span where you can start to see real changes.
If you would like to know more about The London Mindfulness Project, you gotta check out their site.
Much love & gracias.