Actress and philanthropist Goldie Hawn took the China Exchange audience on a journey of mindfulness, in the inaugural event of the Pureland Series.
Starting by sharing her initial experiences with childhood anxiety and exploring her consciousness through meditation practices in the 1970s, Goldie explained the profound effects of mindfulness on wellbeing and on brain strength. She described her personal sense of purpose in sharing the power of mindfulness with as many people as possible and how this led to the development of the Hawn Foundation’s MindUP programme – mindfulness sessions delivered in schools, the military and other organisations.
The audience at the sold out event watched a video of British schoolchildren explaining their experiences of learning about mindfulness and how it changed their daily lives. The children talked about “Brain Breaks”, a technique taught by the MindUP programme. Once the video ended, Miss Hawn led the China Exchange audience on a brain break, chiming a gong and encouraging each person to breathe deeply while witnessing their thoughts.