Mindfulness teaches us to direct our attention to what is happening right here, right now, with an attitude of kindness towards ourselves and our experience. This “being with” ourselves is in contrast with more habitual states of mind in which we are often preoccupied with memories, fantasies, worries or planning.
Although we are often unaware of the current of our thinking, it has a profound effect on how we live our lives, as well on our mental and emotional health.
In an 8-week MBSR/MBCT programme we learn the skills which support us in developing this quality of attention, and the capacity to come back, again and again, to this present moment, with patience and compassion. These 8-week programmes are not group therapy, although they can be healing, but are very practical, educational courses, teaching us to apply the art of mindfulness to our day to day lives.
There has been a sizeable body of research carried out in the areas of MBSR & MBCT over the last 30 years which indicates that practicing mindfulness regularly helps the body/ mind respond rather than react to stress, leaving valuable resources for taking care of our general health and well-being.
Practicing mindfulness helps us to wake up to our lives, to what is happening in this moment, with an attitude of kindness towards ourselves and our experience.
Extensive research in MBSR and MBCT has shown that developing mindfulness has a significant positive effect on:
- developing greater self awareness
- increasing ability to manage stress
- physical and psychological health,
- reducing anxiety and depression,
- reducing tension, anger and fatigue,
- enhancing relationships,
- increasing vitality
- aiding better sleep
- developing stronger immunity