I recently visited the Medicine Garden in Cobham as part of a ‘herb walk and mindfulness’ session. This was given by the fabulous combination of Sam Weerasinghe from SamMantra who specialises in creative ways to approach mindfulness, and Janine Gerhardt from Roots of Nature who is a medical herbalist.
“Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.” Thich Nhat Hanh
buy Gabapentin canada What are meditation and mindfulness?
Meditation, in its basic sense, is a way of releasing our minds and ‘decluttering’ our brains from day-to-day thoughts. It can help us filter out seemingly important sensory inputs and focus on our more spiritual beings. Meditation has been practiced in a variety of different forms for thousands of years. Meditation is referenced in the Hindu Vedas, some of which were written before 1000 BCE.
Our past has shaped us, moulded us, and helped us become the people we are today. But it is just that; it is the past. It does not have to define who we are, or what our future will be. Our future can be changed through dreams and determination. But perhaps the single most important thing is to start enjoying the present.
Mindfulness. Where do I start? It is everywhere now… colouring books, Ladybird versions, the answer to all our problems?…
When I first encountered Mindfulness a few years ago, it was much less well heard of. I was interested in it as a way of changing outlook and sustaining happiness. Since then it has become recognised as one of the recommended and evidence-based methods to reduce the risk of relapse of depression. It is also a recommended form of stress management, now offered by some companies to their employees in their offices. I would also say its value lies in enhancing our resilience so that we are more able to deal with problems as they come.