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St Alban's Catholic Academy

St Alban's

Catholic Academy

First Avenue, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2NP

Through God’s love we learn together, grow together and achieve together.

Why not try out some mindful moments- A marvellous method of relaxation and growth mind development 


What is Mindfulness?


Mindfulness means paying attention to what's happening in the present moment in mind, body and external environment, with an attitude of curiosity and kindness. It is typically cultivated by a range of simple meditation practices, that aim to bring a greater awareness of thinking feeling and behaviour patterns and to develop the capacity to manage these with greater skill and compassion. This is found to lead to an expansion of choice and capacity in how to meet and respond to life's challenges, and therefore with greater wellbeing mental clarity and care for your self and others.


To be mindful simply take a few minutes to be calm and spend time in the present moment, let your senses absorb the peace and stillness as your mind. Sit with a straight posture, shoulders relaxed. Close your eyes, rest your body. Take three deep breaths.

This can now be followed with a few minutes to be still and let your mind rest, allowing thoughts to come and go naturally.

Alternatively - give your self a focus during your mindful moment- Such as think about the things that have made you smile today. Think about the things you are grateful for, Think about how you can be kind and how your kindness can make a difference to others. If your mind starts to wander, bring it back to the focus you have intended.

Our brains can become bombarded with life's modern fast moving pace. Therefore it is important to take time to be still and either clear your mind or give yourself a particular positive focus for your mindful moment. 

Unload your mind during yur mindful moment- To do this focus on your breathing- Take three deep breathe concentrate on the inhalation and exhalations you create. Follow this with imagining you are smelling a beautiful flower, absorb the scent. If you have been particular anxious or need to become more focussed, take a deep breath in and count slowly from 5 as you breath out. 

Use the mindful moment to regenerate any negative thought, put past judgements and silly thoughts aside and remind yourself that all these experiences can be learnt from and then remind your self of all the things you have done well and can continue to do well. 

Know that when you are mindful moments that negative thoughts are not real and that are made up upon unrealistic beliefs. You can change your thoughts.


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