Mindfulness

SO…WHAT EXACTLY IS MINDFULNESS?

Mindfulness is essentially being aware of the present moment; being aware of our environment as well as ourselves. It originates from Buddhist meditation, with the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and his Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programme (MBSR) contributing largely to its increasing popularity.

There are a number of ‘core’ features of mindfulness which includes:

  1. Observation: ‘being’ rather than ‘doing’. Observing your surroundings, thoughts and feelings.
  2. Detailing: noticing and appreciating the details of the objects you encounter in everyday life.
  3. Full participation: being full engaged with your experience.
  4. Non-judgement: a shift from analysing to accepting experiences.
  5. Focus: to ensure there is full concentration on an experience and knowing how to recognise and return when you lose focus.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

There are a number of advantages to practicing mindfulness meditation. They include improved mental and physical health along with the  improved ability to focus and mange stress adequately.

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