INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS
Mindfulness is a way of deliberately attending and becoming aware of our living experience, as it occurs, which is engaged, non-critical and caring. Whatever body sensations, feelings, thoughts and events you experience, you perceive them as happening in the now, allowing for freshness and a sense of wonder. It invites you to take a break from the constant doing, and to give yourself time for just being. By coming back to the present moment time and time again, you can recognize when you get caught up by unhelpful thoughts or feelings, and gradually learn to release them. With practice you are able to relate differently to difficult situations and respond creatively, feeling less overwhelmed and more balanced.
Mindfulness is not just another way to relax, to make your mind blank
or to suppress unpleasant thoughts or emotions
People from different cultural and religious traditions, including Buddhism, have trained and practiced Mindfulness for thousands of years. During the last thirty years, Mindfulness has become internationally recognized. In the UK, the National Institute of Clinical Excellence has recommended it for implementation in the NHS. In October 2015, a government all-party report, ‘Mindful Nation UK’, recommends further implementation of Mindfulness training within the health, education, business and criminal justice systems.
Benefits of consistent Mindfulness practice include:
- Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
- Greater energy and enjoyment of life
- The ability to cope better with short and long term stressful situations
- Management of long-term pain
- Improved self-confidence
- Increased ability to relax
- The ability to develop greater kindness and compassion towards self and others
Mindfulness practices, learned on the courses, are taught in a non-religious way and can be used by anyone. These include meditations, mindful movement and habit-releasing skills that you can practice at home and gradually learn to integrate in your daily life. Meditations are carried out lying-down, sitting or standing and you can choose what position is most comfortable for you. The movement is gentle and developed, to help you to release stress and manage pain.
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