Mindfulness and meditation have been a central part of my life for over thirty years. Most of what I've learned has been in a Zen Buddhist context, but I'm not particularly religious and get just as much inspiration from modern secular writers and, lately, Stoicism.
I trained as a mindfulness teacher a few years ago, but decided to drop it in order to focus on my music. During that time I put together a free email course which you're welcome to try: Mindfulness Without Meditation.
Why 'without meditation'? I'm not for a minute suggesting meditation isn't a good thing to practise - I really believe it is and I can't imagine my life without it. But it's not the only way and it's not something that everyone will want to do or be able to do.
I think mindfulness is nothing mystical, it's simply about learning to manage your attention. And your attention is the one thing in this life where you have a chance of influencing how you feel, how you behave and - consequently - the impact you have in the world. You just need to begin to notice when you lose control of your attention and how to reclaim it.
There are nine emails in the course. You'll get one every few days, which gives you a chance to spend a couple of days putting it into practice. Each tip is something you can do anywhere at any time. It's completely free and there's no sell-on to anything else, I promise! Once the course is complete you won't receive any more emails.
The Book: Light Touch Mindfulness
In this compendium of articles from his mindfulness site, Norman Lamont offers easy, non-mystical ways to bring the quality of mindfulness into everyday life, with or without meditation. With humour and humanity he ranges from comics to photography to show that mindfulness isn't a 'state' - it's just a quality you bring to the things you were doing anyway.