Mindfulness is the ability to be present in the here and now. Noticing the details of the images and symbols of the words that you are reading right now. Noticing any sounds that you can hear around you. Noticing your breath as it enters your nose or mouth, traveling into your lungs and back out into the world.
Being present. Noticing as your mind wanders. Kindly guiding your attention back to where you chose it to be.
Mindfulness has been proven to help reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression, to increase well being, immunity and mental health and helping people to be healthy and happy.
Participants of our groups report that they feel ‘safe’ and ‘able to be open’, developing the techniques that they can take away to help them feel ‘calm’ and ‘able to cope better with day to day problems’. They remarked on the benefits of working in a group, stating that it provided peer support and shared understanding. This is of crucial importance to people who reported previously feeling isolated and alone with their problems.
“Recharged & inspired after an amazing session with The Owl and The Coconut.” -Jodie Silverman, Artist, Mindful Art Group member and now a member of the team!
Watch this short film to hear what a group of young people from DePaul said about their Mindful Art project with us: