Mindfulness has been described as:
“…paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness has developed out of Buddhist teaching and practice but has become increasingly popular in the west in secular and Christian contexts. It is taught through attention and meditation skills which bring awareness of sensory experience through the breath and the body. Mindfulness encourages us to be open to and curious about the many layers of our experience; consequently it is highly complementary to an exploratory form of therapy in which the whole of your experience can be worked with.
How can it help?
Amongst other things, mindfulness:
- Supports therapeutic work by enabling us to explore your issues at greater depth
- Encourages you to notice and be aware of your experiences
- Is something that can be practiced in between sessions in everyday life through activities such as meditation, eating, walking etc
- Helps us to become more in tune with our bodies and our feelings
- Develops our sense of resilience to cope with life’s challenges
- Teaches us that some suffering in life is inevitable but that if possible it’s more helpful to try and accept rather than reject this fact
- Can support those managing chronic medical conditions and pain
- Encourages the development of greater compassion for self and others
- Has been clinically proven to help reduce stress through programs such as mindfulness based stress reduction
“The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive.” Thich Nhat Hanh