A Reflection on Lockdown and an Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Updated: Feb 25, 2021
One of the first lessons the Buddha taught was breath in, and know you are breathing in, breath out, and know are you breathing out.
This is a very simple , yet profound , instruction that can be so absent in our daily lives, especially in our different ways of experiencing the intense stresses of lockdown.
Most of us have had an immense amount to juggle with family, work, loneliness, fear, illness, financial pressure and I, for one, have had some really challenging days and ceased to remember the simplicity of the moment. I have had little, if any, time to pause as a home schooling mum and professional, keeping a business and home afloat. Running a people business, a part of which at least relies so heavily on human contact and touch, has proven challenging to say the least.
In each of our ways and individual circumstances, we have had to reframe ways of existing.
With the potential of easing out of lockdown, some of us feel relief and some of us feel incredibly anxious about a continued time of uncertainty, and a lot of us feel both. Sometime within the same hour or day!!
So we are all, in different ways, challenged. Irrespective of all the lockdowns and easing out of lockdowns, turning our attention inwards is very helpful for our sanity and wellbeing.
With the above in mind and to support looking after ourselves, it's clear that carving out personal space and wellbeing time is pivotal to enhancing and supporting a good quality of life and to living. I'm very much looking forward to running an 8 week online Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course starting in April and running until June with a Taster session for anyone who may be interested, taking place in March. Full details can be found here.