What is Mindfulness?

 

We are all affected by the pressures of modern life and these pressures can lead to a host of problems.  Our thoughts about the situations or circumstances in which we find ourselves, often add to the stress we are experiencing, exacerbating our worries and leading to us fear the worst possible outcome. This results in us being very aware of all the negative aspects of our lives, which increases our anxiety and stress, and in turn can increase physical pain. We are so often lost in thought and operating on autopilot that we miss much of what is happening in our lives, especially the good moments. 

Since the introduction of mindfulness by John Kabat-Zinn in the 1970s, over 30 years of research into the effects of practising mindfulness have demonstrated it is effective in helping people with:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Chronic Pain
  • Long term health conditions
  • Insomnia

Mindfulness is a life skill we can learn which we can use to wake up to the present moment and switch off autopilot more often.  Mindful practices are aimed at broadening our experience of each moment, acknowledging the difficult aspects, but also enabling us to discover and treasure the pleasant events, thoughts, emotions and experiences we so often miss.  We are able to change from reacting to negative experiences to choosing how to respond to them by practising mindfulness techniques learned from an experienced mindfulness teacher.