Mindfulness is for anyone wanting:
- a new way to deal with stress and difficulties
- to worry less and feel more resilient
- to help with depression, anxiety and fatigue
- to improve sleep quality
- to relax more deeply
- a richer experience of life, to live more ‘in the moment’
- to help manage symptoms and reduce suffering from long-term health conditions such as chronic pain, irritable bowel syndrome, multiple sclerosis, cancer, psoriasis and many more. (see Research)
Mindfulness is a way of living with focused awareness in the present moment, with open acceptance of what each moment brings.
Why does this matter?
For much of our lives, our minds are preoccupied with the past or the future (frequently with regrets, worries or fears) and we miss the rich experience of the present.
Being truly focused on the present moment enables us to sense and think with a new clarity.
Mindfulness develops our ability to treat ourselves, others and the world around us with an attitude of openness, curiosity, kindness and acceptance.
It gives us the ability to break free from cycles of thoughts that can affect our enjoyment of life, disturb our sleep or even impact our mental and physical health. It enables us to choose more wisely how we respond to situations.
In order to develop mindfulness, we practise through meditation (non-religious), an activity for which we all have a natural capacity. Meditation is a focusing of our attention on our present moment experience, for example we can focus on the breath; it is that simple – yet it is a skill that requires practice and persistence and takes us on a journey.
On a mindfulness course we learn through teaching, group discussion and guided meditations how to live life in a different way, developing tools to cope with life’s challenges.
Extensive research has shown mindfulness practice reduces stress and leads to long-term changes in mood, happiness levels and mental and physical wellbeing. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends mindfulness for recurrent depression. (See Research)
Mindfulness has been taught in the UK in the community, schools, businesses, hospitals and even in the Houses of Parliament. It is used by many sports professionals to improve performance.