What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, with compassion, and open-hearted curiosity. Through the practice of mindful awareness, we discover how to live in the present moment rather than ruminating about the past or worrying about the future
Mindfulness is a mind-body based training that involves paying attention to our present moment experience. It has roots in ancient meditation traditions and more recently has been scientifically proven as a powerful way to promote physical and mental wellbeing and reduce stress.
Through mindfulness we begin to experience our thoughts and feelings in a different way, cultivating a new resourcefulness and resilience in our lives. Often we go through our day on autopilot whilst the mind is busy with thoughts and worries about the past or future. Through simple practices, mindfulness helps us to pay attention to our experiences in the present moment, helping to free us from these stress-inducing patterns, giving us greater FREEDOM and CHOICE in our lives.
Mindfulness has potential value for all of us, supporting us in living a healthier, fuller and more satisfying life. Check out Susie's blog on what mindfulness can do for you.
BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS PRACTICE
Whilst mindfulness can be helpful for a range of physical and psychological problems, it is not necessary to have a specific health condition to find it useful. The practice is of benefit to anyone who is interested in gaining a greater understanding of themselves and is ready to invest their energy in their wellbeing.
Mindfulness is associated with long lasting reduction in physical and psychological stress and has also been shown to have a range of other benefits including
- Increased wellbeing
- Improved relationships
- Improved resilience to prolonged exhaustion
- Improved ability to control addictive behaviour
In addition, recent research in the field of neuroscience shows that mindfulness meditation produces positive changes in our brain structure and our mind. Benefits include improved decision-making, better regulation of emotion as well as improved attention, empathy, productivity and satisfaction.