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Meditation is simply a way of training our mind and pushing away its anxieties.

Bamford was founded on the philosophy that ‘wellbeing’ is a state that affects our body and mind, and that in order to be well – to be happy and healthy – we need to nurture the two in tandem.

In the past few years, the practice of mindfulness has come to the fore in discussions around wellness and has been greatly praised for its ability to make us more focused, creative, successful, and in the case of meditation, lower our stress levels and manage our capacity to cope with pain.

According to the world health organization, around 3.6% of the global population currently suffers from an anxiety disorder. However, studies have shown that meditation practice does alleviate symptoms of anxiety.

Rooted in Buddhist philosophy, mindfulness is the ability to focus on the present moment and embrace it rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating the future. It is a meditative practice in which you observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them as good or bad, rather you accept them for what they are. Mindful practices range from short exercises where you simply focus on your breath, to more considered, disciplined practice, such as meditation.

For many, the concept of meditation can seem daunting, conjuring notions of sitting for long periods surrounded by incense. But meditation doesn’t need to be demanding and it doesn’t ask you to believe in any teaching or theory. Meditation is simply a way of training our mind and pushing away its anxieties.

Research has proved that meditation does in fact change our brain on a physiological level. Studies have shown increases and decreases in the density of grey matter in certain parts of the brain that in turn lowered stress levels and sensation of pain as well as bringing participants greater cognitive focus. Taking time to focus on our wellbeing is about being kind to ourselves, which is why we believe so strongly in the practice of mindfulness. It teaches us to be kind to ourselves and that feeling of compassion inevitably filters through to others and influences the decisions we make.

Start this year by nurturing your mind and consider introducing some simple, gentle mindfulness practices into your life.

For more information about meditation classes and mindfulness retreats, click here.