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How Did Mindfulness Change My Life?

In the last 18 months I’ve spent a life-defining amount of time abroad. I’ve gone from being an advertising professional who loves clothes shopping and lives in a shared-ownership flat in zone 2; to one of the co-founders of a social entrepreneurship training business, creating the next generation of social entrepreneurs. With no regular abode. In 6 months we’ve ran a pilot in Kenya alongside two volunteer consultants, and collaborated with over 45 volunteers from 10 different countries – in four different emerging economies. I’ve spent more time shuffling through checkpoints than I have in Tesco Metro searching for discounted wine. Over the last two years I’ve had a fairly good stab at disrupting my life’s status quo, and you could argue that maybe now I’ve gotten it the right way around. Looking back, I remember how the future always seemed like this thing I was striving to get to. I was often planning ahead, fantasising, wistfully longing for this thing called ‘The Dream’. John Green writes in his novel Looking for Alaska, “You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape one day, and how awesome it will be – and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.” If that doesn’t kick you in the gut, I suspect these words from John Lennon will:  “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.” For many years it would be fair to say that great things were happening around me (loving family, awesome friends, adventures and romance), but I...