What is Mindfulness?

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non judgementally.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

 

Mindfulness is a very natural state of mind; one in which we deliberately focus our attention on what we’re experiencing, right now.

By being more aware of what we are sensing, feeling or thinking – and accepting them for what they are, whether they’re pleasant or unpleasant, we have the chance to find new ways to respond to the challenges of life. We can find ourselves with more freedom, as the simple act of stopping to see what’s really happening, allows us to interrupt our old habits. Instead, we can begin to question unhelpful thoughts, see events in a clearer light and perhaps choose new, more helpful ways of responding.

Mindfulness is simple and like many things, takes a little time and training to really experience the benefits. But our patience can be rewarded by a greater appreciation of our lives, by a greater sense of contentment and wellbeing.

Mindfulness is for everyone, both young and old. Scientific studies continue to show how these simple practices can help with stress, anxiety, depression and a number of physical conditions. But they’re also of benefit to anyone who would like to feel more equipped to deal with life, or would simply like to feel more alive.