The Mindfulness Summit

Curious about Mindfulness?

With the Mindfulness Summit, you can learn all about it in your own home, with 31 of the world’s most respected Mindfulness Teachers! – Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor Mark Williams, Jack Kornfield, Shamash Alidina, to name a few!  Just click on the link below.

The Mindfulness Summit

The Mindfulness Summit was totally! free in October 2015, and you can still watch for FREE the two Mindfulness sessions with Professor Mark Williams and Jon Kabat-Zinn. There is, however, now a small fee (donated to charity), to access all the other interviews, Mindfulness sessions, exercises etc. etc.  

Just click on the Mindfulness Summit link above, and register.

The Mindfulness Summit is a not for profit organisation.  Here is a short video from the organisers to explain it a little more.

What is Mindfulness?

Here are some definitions from a couple of well-known sources:-

“A mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations….” - Oxford Dictionary.

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally” - Jon Kabat-Zinn, Founder of MBSR.

“If you can learn to pay attention and not get dragged into unhelpful thoughts, you've broken the chains of slavery.  Our thinking mind will beg, scream, urge, tantalize you to drag you off to wherever it wants but if you can keep focus, the benefits are biological, psychological and neurological.  Boom!  I bet you never connected all that with paying attention”

Ruby Wax - Huffington Post, 06/08/15.

Why should I care?

In 2013, the Mental Health Foundation's survey found that nearly half the public felt stressed every day, or every few days, and 59% said their life was generally more stressful than it was five years ago.

And well, isn’t it any wonder, when so many of us are leading extremely busy, stressful, lives?  When we aren’t commuting, we are working 8 hours a day, looking after the children/animals/parents, catching up with household chores, helping the children with their homework, going shopping etc. etc.  Add the whole social media side of things, and we are never relaxing for more than 30 seconds before pulling out our phone, logging onto facebook, twitter etc. etc............our minds are constantly! on the go.  And many of us are running on empty.

Mindfulness has been proven to be especially effective in reducing anxiety and stress.  

So it's now being talked about, a lot.  For instance, in the UK:

The Mental Health Foundation wrote a 'Be Mindful' report to the Government outlining the results of a public survey on Mindfulness, and concluding that "Mindfulness could be helpful to a very wide mix of people.....much, if not all, illness is influenced by stress, mental attitude and behaviour choices....."  The survey results outlined that:-

  • 81% of the general public agreed "the fast pace of life and the number of things we have to do and worry about these days is a major cause of stress, unhappiness and illness in UK society".
  • 86% agreed they "would be much happier and healthier if we knew how to slow down and live in the moment".

Because of this, the Government have spelt out five ways to mental well-being – and recommended ‘a specific form of training such as Mindfulness’.

And that’s why well-known companies such as Apple, eBay, Reebok, Intel, Google, Twitter, Starbucks, Xerox and Yahoo – have started training their staff in Mindfulness (from top Executives down). Organisations like the Bank of England, the Police, Prisons, the Transport for London, the Military, and Schools, have also started to follow suit.

Plus, many celebrities have now come forward to highlight how Mindfulness has benefitted them - Gwyneth Paltrow, Arianna Huffington, Oprah, Will Young, Emma Watson, Davina McCall and Giselle Bundchen to name a few.

"What I have realised in my work life, is that there is a 'me' that stands back from all the noise.  He had always been there.  He watched everything and it took some time to tune into him and meet him.  I like him.....he's cool".

Will Young - Huffington Post, 14/05/15.

"When my 'obnoxious roommate' knocks on the door in my head, I've found it's better just to let him in.  If you try to tune him out, he just bangs louder.  If you let him in, he sits down, watches TV and shuts up.  Know what I mean?"

Kobe Bryant - New York Times, 28/09/14

So....convinced enough now to give the Mindfulness Summit a try?  Just click the link below.

The Mindfulness Summit