When I received the title of this following article, I was on my journey from Wales to England to see a dear 99-year-old lady who has been a patient of mine for many years. I was travelling with her Niece who enquired about what I was reading. I explained that the title of my next article was ‘mindlessness’. As I had only glanced at the email on my phone, what I later realised was that the title was actually ‘mindfulness’! Nevertheless, we went about our journey discussing mindlessness, and how it impacts on us as individuals and as a society.
I’ve worked in an NHS hospital for 20 years, although it is an abnormal working environment with emotional pressures and stress, it is ever more important to remain mindful of my
surroundings, emotions and feelings as well as others’ feelings. Being sensitive to my surroundings has been an advantage in my caring path. This is why I’m frequently told that I’m able to see what most don’t acknowledge. Mindfulness allows me to see the beautiful and positive signs hidden around us. For example, the image to the right is a photograph I captured in the sluice room when I was busy at work. I see a heart shape formed by the crease in the bin bags. I could feel my heart area open as I looked at it. This helped me connect with myself at a very busy time.