Mindfulness is a way of looking at and interacting with the world and your experience of it that relies on paying attention to what is happening for you, moment by moment, here and now. This might mean becoming aware of your environment – the details of your surroundings, the colours, shapes, smells, textures – or your body, your breathing and all the other sensations occuring. Mindfulness encourages us to be observers of ourselves, not passing judgement on what is occuring, but accepting it, allowing it to express itself and move on. In my experience developing this mindset and the techniques that go with it can be very beneficial to all suffering from emotional issues and upset. It complements talking therapies by making us better able to understand our experience and by allowing us to step back from painful cycles of anxious and depressive thoughts and feelings.