What is Mindfulness?

"Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally"

John Kabat-Zinn 

Think of a time when you were completely caught in 'the moment', perhaps watching a beautiful sunset or belly laughing with a friend.  At that time I doubt you were worrying about the past or the future. In that moment you were free to simply 'be'.  That is a moment of Mindfulness.

Of course, Mindfulness training isn't all about sunsets and belly laughs. It can sometimes be challenging to pay attention in this way but with practice, it can help you to find calm in even the stormiest of seas. 

Cultivating the present moment awareness that underpins all Mindfulness teaching enables you to notice your thoughts, judgements and feelings more clearly, giving yourself more choice in how you respond to experience.  Life can be challenging and painful at times, practising Mindfulness won't change that but it can help you to 'ride the waves' rather than get tossed around by your habitual reactions to every storm you encounter. 

Current research is proving an increasing number of benefits to practising Mindfulness regularly.  Some of these include:

- dissolving the suffering caused by stress and anxiety

- reducing depressive symptoms

- building personal resilience 

- reducing chronic pain and associated symptoms

- improving memory and concentration

- increasing a sense of happiness and wellbeing

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