Mindful Meander at Anglesey Abbey

With the garden opening at 9.30am, blow away the cobwebs with a mindfulness trail through the gardens.

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Through the hustle and bustle of daily life, there are multiple pockets of peace to be found in places all around us. This spring, come and experience the sensory gardens by having a go at our mindfulness trail.

Mindfulness can be practised anywhere, at any time of day. Created as a form of meditation, it asks you to take notice of each of the five senses in your body, including your own breathing, bringing your complete attention into the current moment. 

There are many different textures found in the Winter Garden, including this fragrant viburnum.
Anglesey Abbey - couple in the vuburnum
There are many different textures found in the Winter Garden, including this fragrant viburnum.
" The practice of being aware of your body, mind, and feelings in the present moment, thought to create a feeling of calm."
- Cambridge Dictionary, 2018

We've put together our top tips to help you perfect the art of being mindful. 

 

1. You can practise mindfulness anywhere. 

Take a relaxing wander, or take a seat in a quiet calm place and devote a little time accessing your Mindfulness skills. Mindfulness is about being fully present in the current moment, and fully aware of our surroundings and what we are doing, rather than being overcome by the stresses of everyday life. 

2. Pay attention to your senses in the present moment. 

Can you hear birds singing? Is there a smell of wildflowers in the air? Is the wind blowing? What textures can you see or feel? The goal isn't to quiet your mind completely, rather just to be in the moment. Try going through your senses one by one, focussing on what's around you as you move through each one. 

3. Feel your breath. 

Follow the sensation of your breath as it comes in and goes out. This will help you really focus your mind and body on the present moment. 

4. Relax.

As you pause, sit, or stroll to reflect, take notice of any tension within your muscles. Everyday life can cause us to ignore these, but try to focus on any niggles within your body. Relax each muscle one by one beginning with your feet, and work your way through. 

5. Your mind will wander, but this is completely normal.

They key is noticing that the mind has wandered and bringing it back to the present moment - the scents around you, the morning sunshine warming your face on a crisp winters day, the sounds of birds in the trees.

6. Be gentle to your wandering mind. 

Don't dwell on the thoughts that pop in to your mind. This is completely normal, and until you are well practised, just regain focus and start again. 

7. Practise makes perfect.

Mindfulness is a skill, and like many things in life, it will come with time. Take five to ten minutes out of your everyday life to practise. It can be done anywhere, at any time. 

Pick up our mindfulness trail from our Visitor Welcome team and practise mindfulness for yourself throughout the gardens. We've highlighted the plants we feel add to a mindful experience, but please use the tips above to practise your mindfulness skills in the wider gardens. 

We'd love to see your photos. Have you found a particularly calming spot, or perhaps a texture or pattern that you'd never noticed before? Have you got a top tip you want to share for those who have never given mindfulness a go?

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