Are you mindful? The word seems to be everywhere these days. But what does it really mean? And who, and what, is it for? Well, it’s about paying attention in a particular way that encourages curiosity (not as easy as first imagined), it’s for everyone and it helps you understand how the mind works and appreciate all the good things in life – no matter how small they might seem.
Our 8th issue:
Ever feel out of place or awkward – the only one not nodding their head when everyone else loudly agrees that the latest Marvel movie is simply the best yet; not laughing when the class comedian cracks what everyone else seems to think is an award-winning joke; not interested in what celebrities are wearing? Does all this not-quite-getting-it make you feel weird?
You won’t be the only one if you’ve answered yes, even though you might feel quite alone with your thoughts. It isn’t always a nice place to be, but it’s not as unusual as you might think. Everyone’s different, after all – it’s what makes life interesting.
It also makes for a more beautiful, inclusive and welcoming world – one of rainbows, autumnal sunsets and (now it’s chillier again) cosy jumpers and warm boots. The great outdoors, of course, won’t be everyone’s cup of hot chocolate. But this time of year’s also perfect for cosy nights in, either with friends or on your own, which is the best opportunity to down text books and be happy in your own weird but perfectly wonderful company.
Here at Teen Breathe we call it sweet solitude.