is when we have an intention to focus our attention on what is going on internally – our thoughts, emotions, and sensations, as well as externally in the world around us, in the present moment and without making any value judgements. It has its roots in the teachings of Buddha as an awareness of our thoughts, actions and motivations.
Mindfulness is something which is intrinsic to yoga, meditation and the Alexander Technique. It became popular in the West thanks to the US psychotherapist Jon Kabat-Zinn, who, whilst on a Buddhist meditation retreat in 1979, realised the practical applications of mindfulness for his patients suffering from chronic pain, anxiety and depression. His programme on Mindfulness Based Stress Relief (MBSR) is now taught throughout the world thanks to 30+ years of scientific research proving that it works.
Mindfulness is completely secular and accessible to everyone. It involves simple guided meditations, mindful movement, breath awareness and self-reflection practices.
The 8 attitudes of mindfulness are: non-judgement, self-compassion, acceptance, letting go, non-striving, equanimity, self-reliance, and beginner’s mind.
Benefits of mindfulness are:
- – increased awareness of self
- – increased feeling of connection
- – a greater resilience to stress
- – improved health and well-being
- – tools to manage chronic pain
- – more likely to feel happy and content.
In 2017 I did a professional training with MindfulnessUK which is recognised by the British Government.