What is Mindfulness?


Some people describe mindfulness simply as 'mind training'. It is possible to train our minds at any age, it is never to late. You can think of the mind as being a bit like a muscle, if you work on it, you can make it stronger and more able to do what you want it to do. The best description of what mindfulness actually involves is perhaps this definition by Jon Kabat-Zinn:

"Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally."

When practicing mindfulness we turn our attention to what is happening to us right now in terms of our thoughts, bodily sensations and feelings and learn ways of relating differently to these events so we can spend more time experiencing the reality unfolding before us, and less time ruminating about things that happened in the past and worrying about things that might never happen. Rather than leading to a kind of 'Pollyanna' state of forget your worries and 'live for the moment', mindfulness practice can lead to a fresh viewpoint which gives you more choice over how to respond to uncomfortable realities in our lives. Learning not to get caught in cycles of reaction to stressors as if we were on autopilot can be very liberating, and can help us be more effective people in all areas of our lives.

It really isn't any more complicated than that. But if you want to find out more, feel free to get in touch.


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