The Mindful Living Show in London offers an opportunity to learn more about mindfulness and the plethora of ways in which we can be more mindful. There are many different aspects to being mindful; whether it is to focus on ourselves and re-centre with practices such as mediation or yoga, or to think about the way in which we live our lives and the impact we have upon the earth. With inspiration for beginners and experienced practitioners alike, the Mindful Living Show aims to bring those with an interest in well-being, meditation and mindfulness together.
The Mindful Living Show in London gives you the opportunity to meet inspiring people and to discover the best books and material for mindful living as well as being able to learn and take home practical tips to implement into your life. This now annual event will aid you to further your practice or to just simply introduce you to the world of mindfulness.
There was so much to see and do at the Mindful Living Show in London, so we’ve chosen a few of our top picks. We hope they will inspire you to be more mindful…
Madeleine Shaw – Main Stage
“…make time to relax, to balance out all the go-go-go in our lives…” Madeleine Shaw
Madeleine Shaw runs a successful blog about healthy living. She shares recipes and tips on how to get the ‘glow’. Her honest and open approach, in her diary-style website, is a refreshing and genuine look into her life. As one of the main stage speakers at the Mindful Living Show in London, Madeleine talked openly about her experiences that led her to a more mindful approach.
Here are a few words that she shared with us…
“We are used to seeing food as a reward. Ice cream when we’ve had a bad day… ice cream as a reward. Why not write a list of things that comfort you in other ways.” (Discussing the addiction of comfort eating and how it has become embedded in our minds.)
“Stay true to yourself. But be flexible. If you eat something that’s not as good for you, your body is good at detoxing.” (Be honest, don’t punish yourself.)
“Get rid of the biscuits and chocolate… when they are not there, it gets rid of the temptation.” (When discussing how to begin a path of healthy eating!)
“We can all be really hard on ourselves. Often how we treat ourselves is not how we’d treat a best friend.” Discussing self-love and how we could all be a little kinder to ourselves. I’ve heard this a lot and it’s so true, yet so hard to implement.)
“There is a huge amount of comparison, especially with regards to social media. Remove emotions; if this is not positive for me, I need to take a step back.” (What’s right for you.)
Check out her website here.
Amy’s Kitchen – C8
“Fruits, vegetables and grains are grown naturally, the way nature intended food to grow, without the use of insecticides, harmful chemicals and genetic modification.” Amy’s
Amy’s Kitchen is a Vegetarian and Vegan ready meal range that is delicious and has been a firm favourite of mine for a few years now. Try their burrito wraps; a quick and easy meal that is perfect for a Sunday morning, yummy.
We met Fernanda and Nick at the Amy’s Kitchen stand who told us about the Amy’s Drive Through in San Francisco. Not fair! We want one here… please.
Check out their range here.
“Flavour comes first – we only grow varieties that top our taste tests. Over 100 varieties come into season throughout the year, so your cooking will always be fresh and inspired.” Riverford Organic Farmers
We met James and Grace from Riverford Organic Farmers. Their organic boxes of veg come with recipe inspiration and the option to add extra veg, meat and dairy. Their products are organic and locally sourced where possible. Sounds good. Have you tried them? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below 👇.
Check out their website here.
“The bowls are used for meditation, therapy, personal well-being and spiritual practices. The pure sounds produced when the rim is rubbed with the wooden stick, is said to put the brain in a meditative state. The vibration of the singing bowls create the same wavelength as the brainwaves that produce a state of relaxation.” Moon Karma
Singing bowls are accessories for yoga and meditation, but can also be used for an on-the-spot calming tool. I met Dipesh from Moon Karma, who showed me how the moon bowls work. He placed a singing bowl in the palm of my hand and brushed the outer rim of the bowl with the wooden stick. This created a vibration that sang and made me smile. This felt nice and relaxing and I can see why people would want one of these bowls. My sister has one and she simply dings the bowl to re-center herself. Whilst the bowl emits a ring, she breathes and remains focused on her breath until the ding has stopped. This is a simple ‘quick’ trick to re-focus and calm that can be used at any point in the day; the sound and vibration help to keep you grounded.
Check out Moon Karma’s website here.
Mindfulhikes – A20
“Trained guides will introduce you to mindfulness techniques that enhance your experience of nature, reduce stress and anxiety…” Mindfulhikes
If meditation or yoga isn’t your thing, Mindfulhikes is a great way to be mindful. I met JK from Mindfulhikes who runs hikes fortnightly within an hour of London. The hikes are for anyone wanting to join a small group of like-minded people who want to explore nature whilst calming and re-focusing their minds. The benefits of walking, as well as getting some fresh air, are plentiful. All hikes are priced at £40, but if you sign up to their website, they are currently offering a 10% discount.
Find out more about Mindfulhikes here.
rspb – B21
“Nature is in desperate trouble. Species numbers have declined dramatically in recent years and it’s vital we work together to help their recovery.” rspb
- Unlimited entry to more than 170 nature reserves in the UK
- A free gift to help you get the most out of your membership (Currently a gardening book)
- Nature’s Home magazine delivered every quarter
- A welcome pack
Membership starts from £4, but works on a voluntary donation, so if you want to give more, you are welcome to do so!
“Nature is the key to everything…” Josh.
Find out more about the rspb here.
The London Centre for Mindfulness runs courses, “…in helping people cope with stress and mild depression using mindfulness practices. Courses are 8 weeks long with both morning and evening options. Drop in classes are run for course graduates to provide on-going support.”
I met Jane from the London Centre for Mindfulness. She told me about the courses they run as well as the option to have a teacher come to offices or schools. I think this is a great idea, especially as there is so much pressure put upon children. Mindfulness to help children cope, would be invaluable for any child.
Check out their website here.
The Mindful Living Show is headed to Manchester in February, 2019 and then back to London after. Dates for London 2019 have not been announced yet, but rumour has it that next year’s show is going to be even bigger!
Do you practice mindfulness? What do you do to be more mindful? Let us know in the comments below 👇.