Mindfulness is an ancient Buddhist practice that is now widely used as a therapeutic technique in the West. In simple terms, it’s a mental state achieved by focusing your awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting your feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.
Life is busy and full of distractions, so it’s easy to lose touch with ourselves and become trapped in a never-ending cycle of automatic thinking and doing. Mindfulness helps us break out of this pattern and focus our attention more deeply on the here and now.

Our Approach

At State Of Liberty, we believe wellbeing can be found in the smallest interactions with all that surrounds you. A sense of calm can arise from the simple act of being present. Seemingly inconsequential actions, like a deep breath or a loving touch, can have enormous benefits when we slow down and take a moment to appreciate the experience.

Mindfulness connects each of the different elements included in our online wellbeing retreats and each element is greatly enhanced when approached mindfully. Research shows there is a direct correlation between mindfulness and relief from high blood pressure, stress reduction, improved sleep, improved immunity and the relief and reduction of pain. We’ll be sharing simple techniques to help you integrate this important practice into your everyday lives.

Walk With Me

Thich Nhat Hanh, world famous spiritual teacher, poet and peace activist, is widely credited with introducing the concept of mindfulness to the western world.
‘Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.’ – Thich Nhat Hanh

Walk With Me is a beautiful documentary film about the community of Buddhist monks and nuns at Plum Village in France where Thich Nhat Hanh lives and devotes himself to the art of mindful living. I saw the film recently while travelling through Germany and left the cinema feeling calm and inspired. It will be showing in cinemas here in the UK from January 5th 2018.

Introducing Gemma David

We’re thrilled to have mindfulness expert Gemma David joining us as part of the SOL team. Through her wellbeing business, The Quiet Heart, Gemma creates events, works in schools, gives talks and runs a private practice where she uses mindfulness, Traditional Chinese Medicine, mental health skills and seasonal living guidance to gently encourage a state of balance between the body and mind.

Mindfulness

Gemma believes that by practising and applying mindfulness, we can improve our relationships, cultivate creativity, increase quality of sleep, encourage openness to learning and nurture general feelings of happiness.

‘My overall intention is to help the people I work with feel a sense of peace, clarity and connection to their body; to hear what feels right. The more I practise, the more mindful I become, but this habit has taken time to cultivate. I’ve learned enough skills now that I can use mindfulness while driving, walking or in the supermarket. Mindfulness has helped me navigate major life events and I am more appreciative and attentive in my daily life.’

Later today, we’ll share a simple mindfulness technique you can use anytime. We’ll also be revealing more about Gemma and her unique wellbeing story in Friday’s Long Read.

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Do you practise mindfulness? if so, tell us in the comments below.

Love Lizzie xx

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Lizzie Jones SOL Founder and Holistic Chef
Written by Lizzie Jones SOL Founder and Holistic Chef
Hello, I’m Lizzie, founder of State of Liberty and holistic chef. My personal journey through life has given me a deep connection to a plethora of wellbeing practices. All have had a positive impact on me and are included in our online retreats. I have worked as a nutritionist and holistic chef on wellbeing retreats around the world and lived in India for 7 years working on yoga retreats, which eventually culminated in the opening of my own natural food cafe where I served yogis after their morning practice. This yoga lifestyle allowed me to practise every day and benefit from a wide range of experienced teachers. Home is now Bristol where I’ve been living for the past 8 years. I have another business called Wedding Yurts, and we host celebrations all over the UK in our beautiful handcrafted yurt venue. Life is busy! I support myself by eating well, drinking lots of water, regularly practising yoga, meditating and getting plenty of sleep. ‘Lokah samastash sukhino bhavantu’ ‘May all beings be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to happiness and freedom for all’. This beautiful Sanskrit mantra perfectly captures my vision for State of Liberty. We are all unique and we all have our own stories to tell. Understanding your story empowers you to discover true health. You are the only person who can heal yourself because you are the only person holding the knowledge of who you really are. Together with the rest of the SOL team, my intention is to create a inspiring, supportive and safe online wellbeing platform. I believe that with the right tools and support, everyone can improve their health and wellbeing in a natural and holistic manner. When I’m not working, I enjoy travelling and spending time outdoors. My partner and I regularly escape to Hungary where we own a little wine house in the forest. The windows are wonky and it’s really quite wild. Located in the middle of nowhere, it’s incredibly quiet and at night, pitch black. For us, it’s the perfect contrast to city life.