When we practice mindfulness meditation, we start to exercise our 'muscle' of attention. We bring our attention to the present moment, with kindness to ourselves, and return to an anchor point (eg the breath), when our minds start to wander. By dropping into the present moment, and returning to it, we can start to become more aware of the workings of the mind, and see more clearly the nature of the thoughts that come and go.

We can also start to discern when our inner critical voice arises and how unhelpful it can be in our daily lives. As mindfulness teacher Sharon Salzburg explains, the practice of mindfulness helps us get better at seeing the difference between what's happening and the stories we tell ourselves about what's happening. We can start to understand more clearly that our thoughts are not facts about us.

Come and find out more about mindfulness meditation and its benefits at The Mindful Kitchen Company on 13th May, from 10-4pm at The Kitchen School in Lodsworth, West Sussex. Early bird price until 7th May £125.