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Mindfulness. It’s one of those words that’s bandied about an awful lot, yet most people’s understanding of the concept is sketchy at best.

Until recently, I believed it was some kind of zen-laden wishy-washy: detoxing the chakras, getting in touch with your inner feng-shui, floating around with an irritatingly serene expression on your face… But no, that’s not exactly it.

Mindfulness is the practice of ‘being in the moment’ – of taking time out from your hectic schedule to be fully aware of your surroundings, your emotions and your bodily sensations.

It’s a way to let go of the hustle and bustle – at least for a minute or two – and simply be exactly as you are.

It’s a useful tool for everyone on earth, especially anyone who’s experiencing mental illness. Scientists and mental health professionals believe so much in the value of mindfulness that it’s a core part of many therapeutic approaches – such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT).

Here you’ll find a collection of guided mindfulness meditations. All you need to do is follow along with the reader’s voice and enjoy a brief vacation from your nagging inner monologue of backwards rumination and forward planning.

Believe me, you’ll benefit!

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