Mindfulness is everywhere at the moment. Nowhere more so than at the Mindful Living Show, at the Business Design Centre in Islington, this weekend.
This was the first Mindful Living Show and it was a triumph. There were wonderful speakers, inspiring workshops and tempting stalls. Having been to many Mind Body Spirit shows over the years I was a little apprehensive because all too often there is a tense and desperate energy which was uncomfortable. Here there was an interesting range of organisations and companies, promoting their services, workshops and products.
It was a long day, I was up just before 5am and we didn’t arrive home until almost midnight. It was worth it to spend time with friends and colleagues and to meet all the lovely people who were at the show.
My Fan Girl Moment
Of course the real highlight, was seeing Ruby Wax speaking. She was so popular that even though we were early to the session we had to stand. It was absolutely worth it. If you haven’t read her latest book Ruby Wax – A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled I highly recommend it. It is a wonderfully accessible and funny book. Ruby explains the science behind mindfulness. She even includes an 8 week course set out in the middle pages.
We decided to leave the venue for lunch. We had a wonderful meal just round the corner before we returned for more wonderful talks. I particularly enjoyed Katie Sheen‘s talk on mindful eating. Mark Brown’s introduction to Street Wisdom, an intriguing new movement which I intend to try soon, was also a highlight. My only criticism was that there were so many wonderful things to do that I couldn’t get to all of them. The interactive workshops looked amazing but you can’t do everything. Too much wonderful content isn’t a bad criticism of an event though! I just wish I could have stayed for the Saturday. Family commitments meant I could only attend on Friday, maybe next year.
I’m sure next year there will be even more to see and experience.
All in all it was a wonderful day. I am delighted to hear on the grapevine that they are already planning next years’ event. Who knows maybe I’ll be speaking or exhibiting next year?
If you are interested in the increasing popularity of mindfulness going to events like this and speaking to the people who really know their subject is a great starting point.
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