Description: Professor Mark Williams, former director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, says that mindfulness means knowing directly what is going on inside and outside ourselves, moment by moment.

“It’s easy to stop noticing the world around us. It’s also easy to lose touch with the way our bodies are feeling and to end up living ‘in our heads’ caught up in our thoughts without stopping to notice how those thoughts are driving our emotions and behaviour,” he says.

“An important part of mindfulness is reconnecting with our bodies and the sensations they experience. This means waking up to the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the present moment…

“It’s about allowing ourselves to see the present moment clearly. When we do that, it can positively change the way we see ourselves and our lives.”

There are many practitioners of and tools to help with mindfulness.  Here are some we can recommend:

Mental Health Foundation has an excellent Mindfulness summary and links to free resources, printed and web based.  There’s also a section discussing whether or not mindfulness is just a fad, and whether or not it’s for you, and a stress test to see where you’re head is at!

Exercises – the Positive Psychology Forum has a comprehensive blog starting with simple, basic mindfulness techniques and progressing through to more involved exercises.  Quite a long read so maybe pick one or two to try and progress if you find it useful.

Headspace – popular app; paid for, but I only ever hear good things!

Purple Cat Coaching – Leadership coaching and mindfulness practitioner.  Presented a Mindfulness seminar at London Vet Show 2016

Mind – the Mental Health charity has a comprehensive mindfulness guide; Click here

Vet Mindfully is a blog site giving some good examples of daily application of mindfulness – from the mindful consult to the mindful bitch spay.