Mindfulness is a skill that can be learned. It is how we train our mind to settle, and is the essence of meditation.
Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way. On purpose, in the present moment and non-judgemental
This is the definition offered by Jon Kabat Zinn , founder of the internationally renowned ‘Mindfulness based Stress Reduction Clinic’ at The University of Massachusetts Medical School, and a pioneer in the introduction of mindfulness into mainstream health care.
The principles of Mindfulness have their roots in the eastern wisdom traditions, with associated principles of living with peacefulness and integrity. Over the last twenty years or so , the approach has attracted interest, research and now a growing body of evidence is demonstrating the benefits of mindfulness practices for a range of health conditions-as well as for all of us!
The ideas and practices have been adapted and developed, to create secular and supportive training programmes for people coping with stress, depression, chronic pain, and other difficult and often long term health issues, for which the ‘fix-it’ approach and modern medicine have little to offer. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy is a key component of the WEL Service at the NHS Centre for Integrative Care , in Glasgow.
Much has been written about mindfulness, and so I will simply give you a list of useful websites and books to support your explorations. I will also offer some simple mindfulness guidance so you can begin to explore for yourself, and over time I hope to develop this page!